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