Experience: Before running for governor, Haley served in South Carolina’s state legislature. Haley won her seat by a narrow margin against an incumbent Republican representative. She was unopposed in her first re-election bid and when running for a third term, she garnered 83 percent of the vote against a Democratic challenger.
Cons: Haley’s decided lack of experience on the national stage could leave her open to much of the same criticism leveled at Sarah Palin in 2008. Her recent comments that “women don’t care about contraception" could also work against her.