Nikki Haley's neighbors reveal why the candidate they knew as a child should ... trends now

Nikki Haley's neighbors reveal why the candidate they knew as a child should ... trends now
Nikki Haley's neighbors reveal why the candidate they knew as a child should ... trends now

Nikki Haley's neighbors reveal why the candidate they knew as a child should ... trends now

In Nikki Haley's birthplace of Bamberg, those who know her are with her 'all the way' in Saturday's South Carolina Republican primary, but former President Donald Trump will still likely capture a majority in her home county. 

DailyMail.com ventured to the rural town Thursday, for the last day of early voting ahead of Saturday's pivotal race, where Trump is expected to trounce the former South Carolina governor in her home state. 

A slow stream of voters showed up through the afternoon to an annex of the Bamberg County Courthouse - with a majority saying they were backing Trump - but not those who knew Haley personally. 

'I love Nikki like she's a daughter,' said 79-year-old Joyce McMillan. 'She is the most honest, intelligent, fast-learning person I think I have ever met,' she said of the Republican presidential hopeful.'

McMillan was an accountant for Haley's parents when they ran a store in downtown Bamberg and taught the former U.N. ambassador the craft as a young girl. 

Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley is photographed at a campaign rally earlier this month in her hometown of Bamberg, South Carolina. Most voters at the Bamberg County polling place on Thursday said they were supporting former President Donald Trump

Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley is photographed at a campaign rally earlier this month in her hometown of Bamberg, South Carolina. Most voters at the Bamberg County polling place on Thursday said they were supporting former President Donald Trump 

A number of voters DailyMail.com interviewed on Thursday in front of the Bamberg County Courthouse annex had personal connections to Nikki Haley - and those who did were supporting her presidential bid

A number of voters DailyMail.com interviewed on Thursday in front of the Bamberg County Courthouse annex had personal connections to Nikki Haley - and those who did were supporting her presidential bid

'I ended up teaching her all the spreadsheets and the financial stuff of the shop when she was only 13 years old,' McMillan told DailyMail.com. 'When I left the business she took over, just at 13, and she's just super smart.'

McMillan said her daughter and Haley are close friends - and roomed together at Clemson.

'And she spent as much time at my house as she did at Nikki's house,' McMillan recalled. 

The former bookkeeper said she also helped Haley and her husband Michael 'kind of get together,' but wouldn't go as far as describing herself as a 'matchmaker.' 

'I'm just Nikki Haley all the way, Nikki Haley all the way,' McMillan said. 'She is the most capable person I could think of that could ever turn this country around.' 

Mimbee Ray, a 71-year-old retired office manager, who lives in nearby Denmark, South Carolina told DailyMail.com she's voting for Haley 'because I know her.' 

'It's a wonderful small town story that people would see her in the store and she was actually doing a lot of the books as a child,' Ray recalled. 'And so we've kind of followed her all along.' 

A dilapidated building in downtown Bamberg, South Carolina near where Republican presidential hopeful Nikki Haley held a rally earlier this month. The rural town is located between Charleston and Columbia

A dilapidated building in downtown Bamberg, South Carolina near where Republican presidential hopeful Nikki Haley held a rally earlier this month. The rural town is located between Charleston and Columbia 

Nikki Haley (right) attends an 'International Fest' in Bamberg, South Carolina as a child. Bamberg County voters who had personal connections with Haley were voting for her during Thursday's early voting period

Nikki Haley (right) attends an 'International Fest' in Bamberg, South Carolina as a child. Bamberg County voters who had personal connections with Haley were voting for her during Thursday's early voting period 

Ray called Haley a 'great' governor of the state. 'And of course then Trump thought she was great too,' she said with a chuckle. 'But then now, like, no.' 

The Denmark resident was among the South Carolina voters whose feathers were ruffled over comments Trump made in the state about Haley's husband, who is deployed. 

At a rally in Conway on February 10 Trump floated that Michael Haley is in Africa to get away from his wife.

'What happened to her husband? What happened to her husband?' the former president asked.'Where is he? He's gone. He knew. He knew.' 

DailyMail.com reported in January on two alleged affairs Haley had during her time as a state legislator, allegations the candidate has previously denied. 

The story got DailyMail.com reporters banished from her campaign trail events ever since. 

Nikki Haley (left in pink jumper) in a family photo from the late 70s. She's with parents Ajit and Raj. Clockwise from her are older sister Simran, big brother Mitti and little brother Simmi. At the age of 13 she was already doing accounting for her parents' main street store

Nikki Haley (left in pink jumper) in a family photo from the late 70s. She's with parents Ajit and Raj. Clockwise from her are older sister Simran, big brother Mitti and little brother Simmi. At the age of 13 she was already doing

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