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Nikki Haley


Rubio gets endorsement of South Carolina's Haley

CHAPIN, S.C. — A three-way feud among the GOP's leading White House contenders escalated Wednesday, with Republican Ted Cruz daring Donald Trump to sue him and dismissing Marco Rubio's charges of dishonesty just days before South Carolina's highstakes primary.

Yet it was Rubio who may have scored the day's biggest win as he secured the coveted endorsement of South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley.

The popular governor said she had the task of identifying the best candidate as she surveyed the crowded GOP field.

"If we elect Marco Rubio, every day will be a great day in America," she said alongside the Florida senator Wednesday night.

While a major development, Haley's endorsement did little to quiet the intensifying clash among Cruz, Trump and Rubio over alleged ethical violations in the days leading up to Saturday's South Carolina contest.

Polls suggest that Trump continues to hold a big lead in South Carolina and in upcoming states as Cruz works to rally the Republican Party's most conservative wing and Rubio tries to consolidate mainstream Republicans behind his candidacy.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Ohio Gov. John Kasich continue to battle for a spot at the table. Haley's endorsement was a major setback for Bush in particular. — AP

Clinton-Sanders race tightens in Nevada

LAS VEGAS — Nevada was supposed to be one of Hillary Clinton's safest bets.

As recently as last month, her campaign manager was telling supporters she had a 25-point lead in the state.

But in the final days before Saturday's caucuses, Clinton's chances of a big victory look far more like a political crapshoot.

Rival Bernie Sanders, who didn't set up shop in Nevada until months after Clinton did, is drawing thousands to rallies.

A victory on Saturday — or even a narrow loss to Clinton — would give Sanders' campaign a boost heading into the more racially diverse contests in South Carolina and the Southern states that vote just days later. — AP

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