Today in South Carolina GOP Gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley will take part in a runoff, following a primary earlier this month that was too close to call. Haley won 49.5 percent of the vote in the GOP primary, so today voters will choose between Haley and the runner-up Rep. Gresham Barrett.

Should Haley win today, it will help solidify much of the success Republican women have already had this primary season – from Carly Fiorina and Meg Whitman in California to Sharron Angle in Nevada and Kelly Ayotte in New Hampshire.

The commentary on the rise of GOP women and feminism since the June 8th has been endless. You can see some of it here, here, and here.

Ultimately what’s significant about this election season is not simply the entrance of so many women onto the political stage, but the principles they represent. Most importantly, they each seek to restore balance to the relationship between citizen and state, promoting platforms of limited government, individual rights, and equality.