In Crowded Primaries, Names Can Be Everything

So a musician named “Kinky,” a well-known rancher named Hugh Asa Fitzsimons III and Jim Hogan walked into a primary, and the guy named Jim — just plain Jim — left with the most votes.

Such was the result of Tuesday’s Democratic primary for agriculture commissioner. Hogan, a dairy farmer and insurance agent who spent about $4,200 and had no campaign website, garnered 39 percent of the vote, advancing to a runoff against Richard “Kinky” Friedman, a former gubernatorial candidate and widely known author who spent about $6,000.

Hogan’s success, along with results in a few ...

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