COLUMBIA — Nikki Haley is throwing more support behind U.S. Sen. Tim Scott as he begins his 2022 reelection campaign, promising to bring two of South Carolina’s most prominent Republicans back together on the campaign trail.
In a statement shared first with The Post and Courier, the former South Carolina governor and U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said she is proud to endorse Scott “because he’s proven he will never let us down.”
As governor, Haley appointed Scott in late 2012 to the Senate seat he now holds.
“While D.C. Democrats play identity politics, Tim Scott is focused on solutions,” Haley said. “From opportunity zones to police reform that supports law enforcement, he’s making sure everyone has access to the American dream.”
The announcement marks Haley’s first South Carolina endorsement of the 2022 election cycle.
While Haley has already helped Scott with digital fundraising, her Stand for America political action committee will make an additional fundraising push for him through email and text message solicitations, according to a Haley aide.
Haley plans to stump for Scott later in the campaign season, the aide said, but specifics have not been set.
Scott won’t need much financial help. His campaign announced this week that he raked in $9.6 million in the second three months of 2021 — a massive haul that lifted his campaign war chest to $14.5 million. But the additional boost can’t hurt in the increasingly expensive world of campaigning.
Scott said he is honored to have Haley’s support, calling her “a great conservative leader who I’ve had the pleasure of working with to create jobs, lower taxes, and improve the quality of life for all South Carolinians.”