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      Haley accuser makes new claims; still no proof

      Republican gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley

      Political blogger Will Folks, who claimed Monday he had an "inappropriate physical relationship" with Republican gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley, continued talking about the issue on his blog Wednesday but has yet to offer proof of an affair.

      Folks claimed in Monday's bombshell announcement he wasn't going to discuss details or grant media interviews. Since that time he's posted at least nine articles related to the allegations.

      Wednesday morning Folks posted what he claims are transcripts of text messages between himself and Haley spokesman Tim Pearson and Columbia political operative Wesley Donehue.

      According to the unverified transcript provided by Folks, Donehue accused him of having sex with Haley in a May 14 text message. Pearson confirmed to CNN the authenticity of the text messages between himself and Folks.

      Donehue did not immediately respond to a WACH Fox request to confirm or deny whether the text message claim is valid.

      Haley said in a statement on Monday that Folk's accusation is "categorically and totally false." She said that she has been 100 percent faithful to her husband during their 13 year marriage.

      "These attacks, and those sure to follow, are an effort at distraction, but I will keep my focus on what matters, and that is delivering South Carolina's government back to our people," Haley said in the statement.

      In a statement released Tuesday afternoon, Haley called the claim "nothing more than a distraction" and that she will not contribute to "frenzied media sensationalism."

      Haley opened a Greenville Chamber of Commerce forum at the Carolina First Center on Monday night by challenging her primary opponents to promise they will not get involved in smear tactics and personal attacks.

      U.S. Rep. Gresham Barrett, who is also a Republican gubernatorial hopeful in the upcoming primary, said that he has been the victim of similar attacks and denounced them.

      The state attorney general, another Republican gubernatorial hopeful, said that his campaign would have no part in the personal attacks.

      Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer, also running as a Republican in the governor's race, was not in attendance at Monday night's forum.

      The primary is June 8.

      A recently released Rasmussen Poll revealed that Haley is leading the Republican ticket for governor ahead of the primary. Haley had 30 percent of respondents support, followed by Attorney General Henry McMaster at 19 percent, Rep. Gresham Barrett at 17 percent and Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer at 12 percent. The margin of error is plus or minus 3 percent.

      (FOX Carolina contributed to this report)

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