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Secretary of State race front runners up on top

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

Easily the most competitive statewide GOP primary was in the Secretary of State's race where the front runners ended up on top and will certainly meet again. 

In many ways the GOP Race for Secretary of State ended up the way we expected it to with Reese McKinney and John Merrill heading for a runoff.

From the beginning it was clear that John Merrill the lawmaker from Tuscaloosa and Reese McKinney the one time Montgomery Probate Judge had the fundraising edge and obviously voters across the state of Alabama decided that those two were the most qualified to at least get into a run off.

That run off will be in the month of July and it's also worth mentioning that a race for the Public Service Commission Seat 2 between Chip Beeker and the incumbent Terry Dunn will also go to a run off. The Public Service Commission of course helps to regulate utilities in the state.

The third candidate in the race, Jim Perdue from Crenshaw County, he was eliminated from the race after only securing 22% of the vote. Merrill and Mckinney each garnered 40% and 38% respectively.

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