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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- The state's top military officer says he's worked four years to make the South Carolina National Guard one of the nation's premier military organizations, and he wants to keep it that way.

Maj. Gen. Robert Livingston formally announced his re-election campaign Tuesday for Adjutant General. He made the announcement at the Columbia Republican Party headquarters.

South Carolina is the only state that puts its top military post on the general ballot.

In the June 10 GOP primary, Livingston faces William Breazeale of Florence, an airline pilot and former Army officer who says his more than 20 years of military service give him vital experience for the job.

Livingston says his experience leading 9,000 troops in combat in Afghanistan give him the experience the Guard needs in Washington.

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