Miller, Merritt head to GOP ag commissioner runoff
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Republican race for Texas agriculture commissioner is going to a runoff between Sid Miller and Tommy Merritt.
The two men received the most votes in Tuesday Republican primary, but neither got more than 50 percent.
Miller is a former state representative from Stephenville. He attracted statewide attention for his conservative views in the Legislature, including passing a bill that requires doctors to perform a sonogram before an abortion.
Merritt is a former state representative from Longview and founder of Gregg Industrial Insulators, which employs 500 people. He lost his seat to a tea party activist.
The agriculture commissioner is responsible for promoting Texas products while regulating food products for safety.
The runoff election will be held May 27.
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