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Big bucks raised in race for California education chief

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The race for California superintendent of public instruction is a hot one this year, with the top two candidates raising cash in the $1 million range.

VotersEdge, a project of the nonpartisan MapLight, has the fundraising breakdown data as of May 14.

Incumbent Tom Torlakson has raised $1.3 million, a large chunk of that from labor unions, including $58,000 from the American Federation of Teachers.

His chief competitor, education reform advocate Marshall Tuck, has raised $994,000, including a $15,000 donation from the Broad Foundation.

In third place is teacher Lydia Gutierrez, who is her own top contributor, having donated $13,000 to her own campaign.

The statewide primary is June 3.

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