The current frontrunner in South Carolina’s gubernatorial race is AG Henry McMaster; that could change very soon. Former Governor Sarah Palin endorsed Nikki Haley, a state representative and the first Indian-American to be elected to South Carolina’s legislature. Palin is planning to officially endorse Haley in Columbia on Friday.

Haley has been in South Carolina’s legislature since 2004 where she’s been a steady conservative voice. Despite her strong ties to Governor Mark (going to Argentina) Sanford, she remains a popular figure. Haley has not been hurt by her previous support of Sanford because Jenny Sanford is not only backing Haley she’s actively campaigning for her.

Haley said of the endorsement, “It’s a tremendous honor to receive Governor Palin’s endorsement. Sarah Palin has energized the conservative movement like few others in our generation. She has helped millions of Americans find the power of their voice. I am extremely proud she has offered her support to my candidacy.”

Attorney General Henry McMaster had said that he would love to have Palin become a supporter of his campaign; that’s not to be. In a twist, Senator John McCain has endorsed McMaster.

Although trailing McMaster and Andre Bauer, the state’s Lieutenant Governor, Sarah Palin endorsing Nikki Haley will more than likely change the landscape of the South Carolina gubernatorial race. Not only has Palin given her support to Haley but Governor Mitt Romney has as well.