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Primary Election Process Moves State Closer to 2017 Legislative Session- Maintains Status Quo in Congressional Delegation

Wed, 29 Jun 2016 06:27:42 CDT

Primary Election Process Moves State Closer to 2017 Legislative Session- Maintains Status Quo in Congressional Delegation The 2016 Primary Election turned out to be no problem for the five Republican members of Congress that represent the state of Oklahoma. All five, Congressmen Frank Lucas, Tom Cole, Markwayne Mullin, Steve Russell and Jim Bridenstine rolled to easy victories over their GOP challengers. All five face Democratic opposition (and in some cases Independent and/or Libertarian candidates) in the November general election. All are expected to cruise to victory and another two years in Congress.

In the US Senate race for a full six year term- Incumbent James Lankford (R) will face Mike Workman (D), Robert Murphy (L), Sean Braddy (I), and Mark Beard (I) in the general election on November 8, 2016. Lankford and Workman faced no primary opposition, while Murphy defeated Dax Ewbank to win the Libertarian nomination. Lankford ran two years ago and won the right to fill out the remaining two years of the term originally won by Senator Tom Coburn, who resigned.

In the state races, there were several that had agricultural overtones to them. In Oklahoma Senate District 19, former Oklahoma Farm Bureau board member Roland Pederson of Burlington came close to an outright win- but was forced into a runoff in August with Enid Doctor Ross Vanhooser. Pederson won 48.8% of the primary vote- Vanhooser won 40.3%.

In Oklahoma Senate District 31- three candidates ran- the two that survived and will face each other in August are Toni Hasenbeck with almost 41% of the vote and Chris Kidd, who received 38% of the vote. No statement was offered by the Kidd campaign, but Hasenbeck did release a statement last night, thanking the voters for making her the candidate with the most votes in the primary- and blasting her August runoff opponent and warning the people in District 31 that it could get nasty between now and August. In her release, Hasenbeck says "The citizens of Southwest Oklahoma should be forewarned about what’s ahead.

"The amount of lies with which I was attacked in this Primary was astounding.

"For example, I grew up on a hog farm, my father is in the Oklahoma Ag Hall of Fame, my husband and I run our own cow-calf operation.

"Yet - MULTIPLE voters reported to us that they were told I oppose the Freedom to Farm Initiative (SQ 777). This is blatantly false.

"My opponent in the run-off, Chris Kidd, is a former lobbyist for a big Oklahoma City insurance company. He comes from a powerful Democrat political family (his father is a Democrat Jefferson County Commissioner). Kidd moved back to this district to run for office, he does not own property here and he does not pay property taxes here. The people opposing me have already demonstrated a win at all cost commitment."

The Kidd for Senate website does make reference to his relationship with the Oklahoma Farm Bureau (the farm organization and not the insurance company) saying "During his time at the Oklahoma Farm Bureau, Kidd has held the post of a Field Representative, the Director of State and National Affairs, and now serves as the Vice President of Membership and Organization. In addition to his work for the Oklahoma Farm Bureau, Kidd and his father operate a cattle ranch in southern Oklahoma."

In Senate District 43- it appears that GOP Challenger Paul Scott has beaten incumbent Corey Brooks by 127 votes. Scott has a great picture on his campaign website of himself in front of some Angus mama cows. He claims ag roots in Cyril- now lives in Duncan and runs a mobile X-Ray businesss.

In Senate District 23- the seat that has been held by Senator Ron Justice who is term limited- the GOP will have a runoff- Lonnie Paxton got 49.5% of the vote and will face Matt Stacy in August, who received 38% on Tuesday.

Among the state house races- incumbent Casey Murdock of Felt in Cimarron County won his primary race with 66% of the vote- and will now face Democrat Ashlee Ortiz in November. Murdock is a rancher and holds the distinction that it is closer to the State Capitols of Colorado and New Mexico than it is to Oklahoma City from his home in Felt.

In House District 58 (Speaker Jeff Hickman's seat- also term limited out), the four way GOP contest did product a clear winner- Optometrist Carl Newton of Cherokee gathered 63% of the vote and with no opposition for the general election in November, will take the Jeff Hickman seat.

To review the complete list of races and their final vote tallies, click here.




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