Sally Atwater, wife of late GOP strategist, dies at 69

Sally Atwater, wife of late GOP strategist, dies at 69
Sally Atwater died Tuesday at age 69, according to a social media post from her daughter. (Source: WIS/File)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCSC/AP) - Sally Atwater, wife of the late GOP strategist and former Republican National Committee chairman Lee Atwater, has died.

Her daughter posted on Facebook that Atwater died Tuesday at age 69.

Officials said Atwater had recently been in hospice care before her death.

She sought the GOP nomination for South Carolina’s Superintendent of Education post in 2014, losing that bid to current Superintendent Molly Spearman.

Atwater was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 2016.

Her husband Lee advised U.S. Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. He served as chairman of the Republican National Committee. Lee Atwater died in 1991.

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