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Newt Gingrich endorses Sally Atwater for state schools chief

04/22/2014 8:58 AM

04/22/2014 9:20 AM

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, winner of the 2012 S.C. Republican presidential primary, endorsed Republican Sally Atwater for state Superintendent of Education, her campaign announced Tuesday.

Gingrich and Atwater have been friends for three decades. Her late husband, famed S.C.-bred political consultant Lee Atwater, worked with Gingrich to help Republicans win a majority in Congress in the 1990s.

Sally Atwater endorsed Gingrich's presidential bid in 2012.

“Sally has over a decade of experience inside the classroom teaching special needs students in South Carolina," Gingrich said in a statement. "She also has years of experience working on education policy and helping intellectually challenged individuals succeed. Above all, Sally is a single parent who has overcome a great deal to raise three wonderful daughters. ... Sally is a true conservative leader for South Carolina and like most conservatives Sally is opposed to Common Core."

Atwater is among 13 candidates, including eight Republicans, vying to succeed Republican Mick Zais as education superintendent. Zais chose not to seek re-election after his first term.

Newt Gingrich video endorsing Sally Atwater for S.C. Superintendent of Education

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