Kevin Stitt Will Head the GOP Ticket in the November General Election- Winning the Party's Nomination for GovernorTue, 28 Aug 2018 22:03:20 CDT
Tulsa Businessman Kevin Stitt has cruised to a Primary Election Runoff victory over former Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett on Tuesday, winning with over 54% of the runoff vote. Stitt will now face former Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson, who secured the Democratic nomination for Governor back in June. Cornett had the most votes back in June as he and Stitt were the top two vote getters in a field of ten.
After the Primary, Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Ron Hays sat down and talked rural Oklahoma issues with Kevin Stitt- click or tap here to go back and listen to their conversation.
The Lieutenant Governor's race was a decisive win for Matt Pinnell, who has served as the Oklahoma Republican Party Chairman- Pinnell dispatching Dana Murphy with over 58% of the vote. Pinnell, who has not held a public office, will face Democratic nominee Anastasia Pittman, who won with 50.4% of the Democratic vote in June. The Runoff is a reversal from the June Primary, when Dana Murphy had the most votes in the GOP race- falling just short of the fifty percent she needed to win the nomination at that time. Murphy had over 43,000 more votes in June compared to Pinnell, who placed second in the Primary.
Two of the seven GOP statewide races were extremely close. The bruising battle between Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter and Challenger Gentner Drummond ended with all precincts reporting and Hunter, who was appointed to the job by Governor Mary Fallin after Scott Pruitt left to go to Washington to become the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, is currently ahead by 269 votes over challenger Gentner Drummond. Hunter received 148,354 while Drummond picked up 148,085.
In the race for State Auditor- the GOP nomination apparently will go to Cindy Byrd, who received 143,941 while Charlie Prater grabbed 142,990.
The other statewide races to win the GOP nomination for the Corporation Commission, Labor Commissioner and Superintendent of Public Instruction all were won with a pretty good margin- Incumbent Bob Anthony picked up over 53% of the vote over challenger Brian Bingman to gain the GOP nomination for Corporation Commission; former State House Member Leslie Osborn defeats Cathy Costello with just over 52% of the vote while the current Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister has won over Linda Murphy with 56% of the vote.
One race that many in agriculture were watching for the State House was in District 38- where John Pfeiffer, Jr. has won reelection by winning the Primary runoff over Brian Hobbs- Pfeiffer picking up 59% of the vote.
Click or tap here for the complete election results from the Oklahoma Election Board.
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