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Opponents prepare for Secretary of State runoff

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Voters will decide on one of the most high profile GOP runoff race this election season in two weeks.

It's the race to become that party's nominee for Secretary of State.

This is an election with two very different donor bases.

John Merrill from Tuscaloosa has taken in some powerful political action committee cash, while Reese McKinney, the former probate judge from Montgomery, has taken in smaller donations.

Reese McKinney who came in second in the primary to make his way into the runoff has collected mainly donations worth hundreds of dollars rather than thousands.

Overall he's raked in $66,000 since the June primary with $67,000 cash on hand, keeping pace with his opponent John Merrill from Tuscaloosa.

Merrill's recent contributions have come from a who's who of sorts in state politics.

He received $15,000 from the Farmers' Federation, and $10,000 from the Business Council of Alabama.

Overall he's raked in $83,000 in the past month, leaving him with $121,000 in cash on hand.

When it comes to experience of course, Reese McKinney served here locally as the Montgomery County Probate Judge for a number of years, while John Merrill is wrapping up his first and only term as a State House member representing Tuscaloosa.

There is one other statewide runoff, which is the Public Service Commission race between incumbent Terry Dunn and challenger Chip Beeker.

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