, Muskogee, OK

Oklahoma News

June 22, 2014

Interest high ahead of Tuesday’s primary

OKLAHOMA CITY — Tom Coburn’s early retirement from the U.S. Senate boosted interest in this year’s Oklahoma primary by triggering a Republican primary fight for his seat and opening contests further down the ballot.

Only one sitting member of Congress is unopposed in the coming week, and even Gov. Mary Fallin faces challengers in Tuesday’s Republican primary.

Tuesday’s contests are the first tests for political hopefuls who want to see their name on the Nov. 4 general election ballot. Runoff elections, if needed, will be Aug. 26.

Congressman James Lankford and former state House Speaker T.W. Shannon are among those fighting for the GOP nomination for Coburn’s seat, and there are wide open races for Lankford’s central Oklahoma seat.

A quarter of the state’s 2 million voters cast ballots in the 2010 primary. Only registered Democrats and Republicans may vote.

Early voting started Thursday. Among those at the polls then was Democrat Joe Baxter, 57, of Midwest City, who said the democratic process means his vote still counts in a Republican-leaning state.

They can’t “beat the popular vote,” Baxter said.

Baxter said President Barack Obama has been elected twice in spite of the efforts of billionaire opponents.

Topping the ballot are both of Oklahoma’s seats in the U.S. Senate. Senior senator Republican Sen. Jim Inhofe is seeking a fourth six-year term and faces four challengers in the GOP primary. Democrat Matt Silverstein is unopposed for his party’s nomination.

The campaign for Coburn’s open seat attracted the most interest of any statewide election. U.S. Rep. James Lankford and former state House Speaker T.W. Shannon top a slate of seven candidates seeking the Republican nomination that also includes former state Sen. Randy Brogdon and four others.

Three candidates are seeking the Democratic nomination for the seat: state Sen. Connie Johnson, Patrick Michael Hayes and Jim Rogers.

The race for Lankford’s open 5th Congressional District seat in central Oklahoma is the most competitive of Oklahoma’s five seats in the U.S. House. Six Republicans — Corporation Commissioner Patrice Douglas, former state Rep. Shane Jett, state Rep. Mike Turner, state Sen. Clark Jolley, former state Sen. Steve Russell and the Rev. Harvey Sparks — are seeking the GOP nomination.

Three Democrats are seeking their party’s nomination in the primary: state Sen. Al McAffrey, retired university professor Tom Guild and seniors advocate Leona Leonard.

First-term Republican Rep. Markwayne Mullin of the 2nd District faces professional fisherman Darrel Robertson for the GOP nomination for the sprawling eastern Oklahoma district. Two Democrats, Earl E. Everett and Joshua Harris-Till, are seeking their party’s nomination in the primary.

In western Oklahoma’s 3rd District, 10-term Rep. Frank Lucas faces two challengers for the Republican nomination. Democrat Frankie Robbins is unopposed for his party’s nomination.

In the 4th District, six-term Rep. Tom Cole has one opponent for the Republican nomination. Two Democrats are seeking the Democratic nomination.

Republican Rep. Jim Bridenstine was unopposed for re-election in the 1st District.

Fallin, seeking a second term as Oklahoma’s chief executive, faces two challengers for the Republican nomination. State Rep. Joe Dorman is unopposed for the Democratic nomination.

Text Only
Oklahoma News
AP Video
House Leaders Trade Blame for Inaction Malaysian PM: Stop Fighting in Ukraine Cantor Warns of Instability, Terror in Farewell Ravens' Ray Rice: 'I Made a Huge Mistake' Florida Panther Rebound Upsets Ranchers Small Plane Crash in San Diego Parking Lot Busy Franco's Not Afraid of Overexposure Fighting Blocks Access to Ukraine Crash Site Dangerous Bacteria Kills One in Florida Workers Dig for Survivors After India Landslide Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN Raw: Deadly Landslide Hits Indian Village Obama Chides House GOP for Pursuing Lawsuit New Bill Aims to Curb Sexual Assault on Campus Russia Counts Cost of New US, EU Sanctions 3Doodler Bring 3-D Printing to Your Hand Six PA Cops Indicted for Robbing Drug Dealers Britain Testing Driverless Cars on Roadways

Should a federal judge have the power to strike down Oklahoma's ban on gay marriage?

     View Results
Featured Ads

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.