Haley scraps Romney campaigning after hacking, meets with cabinet

Press conf. held Wednesday (File/WCIV)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has canceled last-minute campaigning plans for GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney to focus on an investigation into hacking of state records.

Haley spokesman Rob Godfrey said Thursday the governor decided to stay home after the hacking incident that has affected millions of South Carolina taxpayers.

Haley had been scheduled to campaign for Romney this weekend in swing states including Ohio. Election Day is Tuesday.

Gov. Nikki Haley is, instead, holding a meeting of state agency directors.

This is the first official meeting of agency heads since an announcement last week that roughly 3.6 million personal South Carolina income tax returns had been compromised after an attack from an overseas hacker.

On Wednesday, Haley said up to 657,000 businesses in South Carolina had also been affected. The businesses affected are in addition to the roughly 3.6 million personal income tax returns accessed.

Experts say this may be the largest cyber-attack against a state tax department in the nation's history.

Last week, Haley ordered all state agencies to cooperate with South Carolina's inspector general in a new effort to improve the state's cyber-security