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Toal re-elected as South Carolina's chief justice

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COLUMBIA, SC (AP) -

Jean Toal has won re-election as chief justice of South Carolina

State lawmakers on Wednesday voted 95 to 74 to elect Toal over Associate Justice Costa Pleicones to lead the South Carolina Supreme Court.

Pleicones surprised the state's legal community last year when he said he would challenge Toal in her pursuit of a new term. The two have served together since 2000, when Toal became chief justice after 12 years on the court.

Pleicones -- then a circuit court judge -- was elected to serve her unexpired term.

South Carolina has a mandatory judicial retirement age of 72. Toal is 70, and she has said she will retire at the end of 2015. Pleicones is 69, and his current term expires in 2016.

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