In Ag Commissioner Race, Hopefuls Expand Talking Points

Given the crowded field of 2014 Texas agriculture commissioner candidates and a rapidly urbanizing state, the best way to get voters’ attention could have little to do with actually talking about agricultural issues. Some of the Republican hopefuls in the race are sticking to that strategy, while others are keeping a narrower focus.

“There are really two campaigns” that candidates for the office must wage, said Cal Jillson, a political science professor at Southern Methodist University. “One directed at agricultural constituencies and agriculture issues." But because the candidates are sure to be nearly drowned out by the higher races on ...

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