Friedman, Hogan Face Runoff For Ag Commissioner
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AUSTIN (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Jim Hogan and Kinky Friedman will face each other in a Democratic runoff for Texas agriculture commissioner.
The two men received the most votes, but neither got more than 50 percent in the three-way race with Hugh Fitzsimmons.
Best known as a singer and humorist, Friedman has run for political office before. He had several failed attempts to reach the governor’s mansion. Friedman campaigned in favor of legalizing marijuana, hoping to attract younger voters.
Friedman angered many Democrats when he ran for governor as an independent in 2006, clearing the way for Republican Gov. Rick Perry to win with 39 percent of the vote.
Hogan is a Cleburne farmer who was considered a relative unknown in the race.
They beat out Fitzsimmons, considered the favorite among mainstream Democrats.
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