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South Carolina Representative Krystle Matthews won Tuesday’s runoff election for the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican U.S. Senator Tim Scott for the seat in November.

Matthews defeated author Catherine Fleming Bruce in Tuesday’s Democratic runoff.  Scott had no Republican primary opposition.  He has said this will be his last term if he’s re-elected.

Meanwhile, Ellen Weaver won the Republican nomination for South Carolina Education Superintendent, defeating Palmetto State Teachers Association Executive Director Kathy Maness in Tuesday’s runoff.  Weaver will face Democratic teacher and SC for Ed founder Lisa Ellis in November.  Both are vying to replace Molly Spearman in the fall.

Weaver could have a tough battle on her hands.  A new South Carolina law requires education superintendents to have at least a master’s degree.  Weaver doesn’t have one, but said she started a program in April.  Election officials say there is no precedent for what would happen if Weaver wins in November and doesn’t have an advanced degree.