Next schools chief says her victory is mandate to end Common Core

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

PHOENIX (AP) -- Arizona's next Superintendent of Public Instruction says her victory is a mandate to end new school standards known as Common Core.

Diane Douglas says news coverage that painted her as a one-issue candidate focused on ending Common Core means that's what voters knew about her when they cast their ballots.

The Republican says she faced an onslaught of outside spending, yet still emerged victorious because "voters do not want Common Core in Arizona."

Douglas' Monday statement comes a day after The Associated Press determined she had won a close race against Democrat David Garcia.

Douglas is former Peoria school board member who ran a low-key campaign in which she largely avoided public events in favor of tea-party gatherings and conservative talk radio interviews. She takes office in January.