From NBC's political unit
After winning the South Carolina Republican gubernatorial primary, Nikki Haley was hailed as an emerging rock star in the GOP. But first, she faced what became an unexpectedly close race against Democratic nominee Vincent Sheheen.
NBC News now projects Haley the winner of the governorship.
With about 85 percent of the vote reported, Haley led by five points.
(AP Photo/David Goldman)