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      Voters to pick GOP nominee for superintendent

      By SEANNA ADCOXAssociated Press

      COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Molly Spearman and Sally Atwater finished the eight-way GOP race to be South Carolina's next education superintendent within 1,500 votes of each other. Voters return to the polls Tuesday to decide who will be the Republican choice in November.

      Spearman is the director of the state Association of School Administrators. She led the June 10 field, but only by half of a percentage point. Both she and the widow of GOP strategist Lee Atwater took roughly 22 percent of the vote.

      Both Atwater and Spearman say they want to implement Gov. Nikki Haley's education improvement plan, which focuses on poor, rural students.

      Atwater says she got excited after reading the plan. Spearman was among educators Haley met with to develop her suggestions, which were adopted in the state budget.

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