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      Nuances separate GOP SC superintendent candidates

      By ANDREW COFFMAN SMITHAssociated Press

      COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - In the crowded Republican race for state superintendent, what the eight candidates do to separate themselves from the pack will go a long way in determining who wins the party's nomination for South Carolina's top education post.

      Hot issues for the June 10 primary include what role should education play in meeting the demands of a changing economy, giving parents school choice, school safety and overturning Common Core standards.

      The only candidate to launch a statewide television campaign ad so far has been Sally Atwater, widow of Republican strategist Lee Atwater.

      Association of School Administrators director Molly Spearman has raised the most in contributions and had $67,500 on hand as of March 31. Other candidates include former deputy superintendent Meka Childs and activist Sheri Few.

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