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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Tom Thompson is the Democratic nominee for South Carolina education superintendent.

With all precincts reporting, Thompson beat Sheila Gallagher with just shy of 60 percent of the vote.

The former dean of graduate studies at South Carolina State University placed second in the four-way primary two weeks ago. Gallagher had attracted attention by advocating legalizing and taxing marijuana to raise money for schools.

But Thompson called it absurd to link buying marijuana to quality education.

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