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By Susanne M. Schafer
Copyright: The Associated Press
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Maj. Gen. Robert Livingston has commanded the 9,000 members of South Carolina’s Army and Air National Guard for nearly four years. In 2007, he led the state’s largest combat force since World War II on a yearlong deployment to Afghanistan.
Yet the two-star Army National Guard general has to swap his uniform for a civilian’s coat and tie to campaign for a second term as the state’s adjutant general.
South Carolina is the only state in the nation where voters choose their top military officer in a general election.