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Mary Lou Bruner

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In a stunning comeback, State Board of Education hopeful Keven Ellis won Tuesday's District 9 Republican primary runoff over Mary Lou Bruner, who drew national attention for social media posts touting far-right conspiracy theories and other fringe views.

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The State Board of Education candidate who gained national headlines for her controversial Facebook comments lost her Republican runoff Tuesday.

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Voters will head to the Tuesday polls to settle runoff elections from the March primaries. There are a few local seats up for grabs.

Today’s schoolchildren favor socialism over the free market. Common Core educational standards — banned in Texas — have crept into the classroom. And Texas schools should “teach the knowledge and skills that made the United States the leader of the world,” including cursive, phonics and multiplication tables.

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A race for a seat on the State Board of Education representing Northeast Texas is getting an unusual amount of attention.

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Campaigns for the Texas Board of Education seldom make news, especially in the 31 rural and small-town counties east of Dallas that make up District 9. Republican candidate Mary Lou Bruner has changed that.