/ Modified nov 10, 2014 9:22 a.m.

Republican Douglas Wins Schools Superintendent Race

Narrowly beats Democrat Garcia by a difference of close to 19,000 votes.

Republican Diane Douglas has narrowly won the race for Arizona's superintendent of public instruction against Democrat David Garcia.

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Douglas, who didn't have much support from many in her political party throughout the campaign, had a constant lead over Garcia since Election Day. She won the race with 50.64 percent of votes. Garcia wasn't far behind with 49.3 percent.

The former Peoria Unified School District board member based much of her campaign around her opposition to Common Core, known in Arizona as the College and Career Ready Standards.

She has said she wants to abolish the standards, arguing these are "standards that are not going to prepare our children the way it needs to, it's untested, unproven and it hasn't been shown to be internationally benchmarked."

Garcia, who is a professor at Arizona State University, was an advocate for Common Core.

Douglas will be replacing John Huppenthal, who lost a chance for re-election in the August primary.

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