Merrill wins GOP runoff for secretary of state

Rep. John Merrill

{}MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - State Rep. John Merrill of Tuscaloosa has won the Republican nomination for secretary of state.{}{} {}With 92 percent of the precincts reporting Tuesday night, Merrill had 53 percent to 47 percent for former Montgomery County Probate Judge Reese McKinney.{}{} {}Merrill also led in the primary June 3.{}{} {}Merrill advances to the general election Nov. 4 against Mobile retiree Lula Albert-Kaigler.