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Democrat nominated for SC schools chief

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A former federal education official has won the Democratic nomination to be South Carolina's superintendent of education. Republicans will need a runoff to choose their nominee.

Greenville attorney Frank Holleman defeated college dean Tom Thompson on Tuesday in the Democratic primary.

Holleman served as chief of staff and deputy U.S. secretary of education under former South Carolina Gov. Dick Riley, who was President Bill Clinton's education secretary.

Newberry College President Mick Zais is advancing to a June 22 runoff on the Republican side. His opponent was not immediately known.

The other Republicans include homeschooling mother Elizabeth Moffly.

The candidates are vying to succeed Jim Rex, who lost a Democratic gubernatorial bid Tuesday.

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