SC governor nixes bill for 2012 GOP primary money

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has vetoed state budget measures that would have covered part of the costs of the high-stakes, first-in-the-South 2012 Republican presidential primary.

The Republican governor's vetoes Tuesday were expected. She had told legislators in March not to use taxpayer money to cover the cost of a political contest that the state GOP should cover.

State GOP Chairman Chad Connelly says the party will raise money to put on the contest that the state Election Commission estimates will cost more than $1 million.

The party already has collected $160,000 from filing fees and expects more from candidates who want to take part.