Republican Woods built big lead in superintendent race | www.myajc.com

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Nov

 Republican Woods built big lead in superintendent race | www.myajc.com

Richard Woods, a South Georgia Republican with a dislike of federal education programming and student testing, defeated Democrat Valarie Wilson on Tuesday in the race for state school superintendent.

Woods spent a quiet evening at his South Georgia home with family and a few friends watching election results.

“I’m excited,” he said. “I am looking forward to putting into practice what we’ve been talking about.”

Unofficial votes show Woods winning the race with 1,388,255 votes to Wilson’s 1,128,163 votes. Woods succeeds Republican Superintendent John Barge, who ran unsuccessfully for governor and endorsed Wilson in the race. Provisional ballots were not included, the Secretary of State’s website said early Wednesday.

Wilson conceded after midnight as the final votes were being counted. “We have gone to work and gone to bat for the 1.7 million children in this state,” she said.

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