- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 4, 2014

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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