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.

Garcia late Monday night conceded to Douglas in a statement in which he said he didn't see a "path to victory."

Garcia congratulated Douglas and also said he was proud of his campaign and the bipartisan support he had.

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.

Douglas narrowly pulled out a victory after Garcia could not overcome her advantage as ballots were counted through the week.

Douglas was unable to secure endorsements from traditional Republican groups because they found her views on Common Core too extreme. Douglas unabashedly ran as a one-issue candidate who would abolish Common Core.

Douglas said the education standards amount to federal government overreach under the Obama administration and need to be stopped immediately. The issue worked for her during the primary as she toppled incumbent John Huppenthal after he stumbled through an error-prone campaign.

"That's my work - to get our education system turned back to parents, moms, dads, teachers," Douglas told CBS 5 News after her nomination in August. "Get it out of Washington and get it out of the hands of a few privileged corporations, because it never belonged there in the first place."

Douglas has previously served on the Peoria Unified School District governing board and was board president in 2008 and 2009.

Garcia is an associate professor in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University.

He was the first Democrat to earn the backing of the traditionally conservative Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry since 2006. He also had the backing of two former Republican state superintendents.

In August's primary election, Douglas defeated Incumbent John Huppenthal. His re-election bid ran into a snag when he admitted making offensive anonymous postings while serving as Arizona's top education official. He called welfare recipients "lazy pigs" who mooch off the government, among other insults. Huppenthal broke down in tears at a news conference as he apologized.

Copyright 2014 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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