ELECTION 2014: Lee Atwater's widow entering politics

Posted by ANDREW SHAIN on February 1, 2014 

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— S.C. GOP political operative Lee Atwater ascended to national political circles with his take-no-prisoners campaigns.

Now his widow is entering the ring.

Sally Atwater told The State's Adam Beam, she is running for state superintendent of education this year -- of course, as a Republican:

“I love South Carolina,” Atwater said Friday. “Washington has never been really home for me. I knew it was a good time in my life, and when I read (Republican Gov.) Nikki Haley’s new education reform initiative, I just thought: ‘This is the answer.’”

Atwater said she has what it takes to handle a primary that already has three announced candidates and another three weighing runs.

Warren Tompkins, a former chief of staff for Republican Gov. Carroll Campbell, is running the campaign of the longtime school teacher now living in Colleton County.

(She has) “an excellent message and an excellent idea of what needs to be done. Most importantly, she’s coming right out of the classroom,” Tompkins said. “She knows what’s going on.”

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