Tom Torlakson, left, and Marshall Tuck, right. Photos courtesy of campaign sites.
Tom Torlakson, left, and Marshall Tuck, right. Photos courtesy of campaign sites.

Marshall Tuck conceded defeat Wednesday in his battle to dislodge State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.

With all precincts reporting, the incumbent had 2,266,425 votes, 52.1 percent of the ballots cast, against 2,084,936 votes, or 47.9 percent, for Tuck.

Tuck said that “despite yesterday’s loss, I couldn’t be prouder of the unique Coalition of parents, community leaders, teachers, Democrats, Republicans, and independents we built along the way.”

Torlakson said voters weren’t looking to Wall Street or Silicon Valley for solutions, but to teachers and others working in neighborhood schools.

“We knew it wouldn’t be easy,” Torlakson said in a statement issued by his campaign. “They were strong, but we were stronger. They were tough, but we were tougher. After all, we’re teachers — we did our homework.”

He congratulated Tuck on a strong campaign and acknowledged his opponent’s interest in helping students succeed.

“We are all committed to making our schools better and helping our students achieve their dreams,” Torlakson said. “No one wants that more than California’s teachers. But teachers cannot do it alone — and we cannot do it under siege.”

The superintendent called on residents to step in and help local schools.

“Join us. We’re right down the street — at a school in your neighborhood. We want your help. We need your help,” Torlakson said.

— Staff and wire reports

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