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      Rep. Patrick ends his race for SC superintendent

      By SEANNA ADCOXAssociated Press

      COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina Rep. Andy Patrick is ending his run for state schools chief and leaving the House too.

      Patrick announced Tuesday he's exiting the race two weeks after entering it so he can concentrate on his children. His decision comes days after The Island Packet reported allegations his wife made in court documents during their contentious divorce proceedings. Patrick denies the allegations as categorically false or misleading.

      But he says he realizes a campaign is not in his children's best interests and asks for their privacy. The 44-year-old also will not seek a third term representing Hilton Head Island.

      The U.S. Air Force veteran and former U.S. Secret Service agent was the first Republican to officially announce his candidacy following Superintendent Mick Zais' announcement that he won't seek re-election.

      Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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