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Marco Rubio Gets Coveted Nikki Haley Endorsement — S.C. Governor Could Boost His Chances Saturday

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Haley had previously said that she plans to endorse someone besides Republican frontrunner Donald Trump.

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley delivers the State of the State in the House chambers at the South Carolina Statehouse on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, in Columbia, S.C. Haley asked legislators Wednesday in her sixth State of the State to follow the inspirational example of the victims and survivors of last year's tragedies to make South Carolina stronger. (AP Photo/Sean Rayford)

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio has reportedly secured South Carolina's most coveted endorsement — Gov. Nikki Haley is planning to throw her weight behind the 2016 hopeful Wednesday night.

South Carolina newspaper The State reported Wednesday afternoon that the conservative governor of the early primary state will endorse Rubio at a rally in Chapin.

Gov. Nikki Haley (R-S.C.) delivers a speech in September 2015. (AP/Evan Vucci)

Haley, who is popular with South Carolina GOPers and is often floated as a possible vice presidential candidate, had previously said that she planned to endorse someone besides Republican front-runner Donald Trump.

Rubio is coming off a disappointing fifth-place finish in New Hampshire following a better-than-expected Iowa showing. In South Carolina, he and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz have been battling it out to emerge as the main alternative to Trump.

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