Ag Commissioner: Pate, Dial headed to runoff

The race for the Republican nomination for commissioner of the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries is going to a runoff.

State Sen. Gerald Dial of Lineville will face Rick Pate, a farmer and businessman from Lowndesboro.

Other Republicans in the primary election included Tracy “T.O.” Crane, a former FBI agent from Jefferson County who now works in food security and Cecil Murphy of Loxley.

No Democrats are running, so the eventual Republican nominee is virtually assured of winning in November.