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      Spearman in lead for cash in schools chief race

      By ANDREW COFFMAN SMITHAssociated Press

      COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Molly Spearman leads the money race among eight Republicans running to be South Carolina's next superintendent of education.

      Pre-election disclosures filed Monday show that Spearman has more than $57,000 still available.

      Coming in second among Republicans is former deputy superintendent Meka Childs who has more than $39,000 on hand.

      Following close behind with about $37,000 is Sally Atwater, widow of the late Republican strategist Lee Atwater.

      Former director of school transformation Montrio Belton has the most money among Democrats with about $29,000 available. State Rep. Jerry Govan of Orangeburg has nearly $20,000 available.

      The primaries are June 10.

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