By Andy Ross

Killeen Daily Herald

Incumbent District 5 Texas State Board of Education member Ken Mercer won a resounding victory Tuesday night over his challengers, Democrat Rebecca Bell-Metereau and Libertarian Mark Loewe.

Mercer had 220,445 votes or 59.44 percent of total votes with 352 of 552 precincts reporting. Bell-Metereau had 134,031 votes or 36.14 percent and Loewe garnered 16,339 votes or 4.40 percent.

With the victory, Mercer will begin his second term on the SBOE, where he currently serves as vice chairman.

A software engineer from San Antonio, Mercer has said his goals include fully implementing phonics, pushing "back to basics math" and supporting an "accurate U.S. history that honors our American founders, traditions and values."

Prior to his election to the SBOE in 2006, Mercer served one term in the Texas House of Representatives.

Contact Andy Ross at aross@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7468. Follow him on Twitter at KDHeducation.

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