Free to spend unlimited amounts of money, outside groups dropped more than $6 million last year to influence South Carolina’s elections, promoting their favorite candidates, attacking their political opponents and barraging voters with non-stop ads.

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is visiting a South Carolina area known as the "Corridor of Shame" due to its underperforming schools, making a trip to an area that's been held out as an example of the need to make reforms to the state's schools.

"The voices of women like me are not heard. I think that's why it struck such a chord," said Nancy Mace, R-Daniel Island. "I mean women that feel the same way that I do, that have that same sort of streak: We aren't going to go along to get along. We're not going to dress like others. No one is going to tell us what to do. No one is going to tell me what to do. I am my own woman."

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