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Politics and Government
9:41 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

State Results In The Runoff Election

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State Senate District 8, in the Democratic runoff, Selina Jayne-Dornan defeated Gary Clason, 59.4% to 40.6%.

State Representative District 88 in the Democratic runoff, Jason Dunnington defeated Paula Sophia,50.6% to 49.4%, by a difference of 22 votes. Dunnington will take his House seat with no opponent in the November election.

State Representative District 89 in the Democratic runoff, Shane Stone defeated Mary Sosa, 60.7% to 39.3%. Stone will take his House seat with no opponent in the November election.

State Representative District 99 in the Democratic runoff, George Young defeated Eleanor Darden Thompson, 59.3% to 40.7%.

District Attorney, District 15 Democratic runoff, Orcil Loge defeated Larry Moore, 53.2% to 46.8%.

State Senator District 22 Republican runoff, Stephanie Bice defeated Mark Thomas, 53.1% to 46.9% and will take a seat in the next legislature with no Democratic opponent in the November election.

State Senator District 40 Republican runoff, Ervin Yen defeated Steve Kern, 65.2% to 34.8%.

State Representative District 29 Republican runoff, James Leewright defeated Dani Thompson-Fields, 51.9% to 48.1%.

State Representative District 38 Republican runoff, John Pfeiffer defeated Harold LeValley, 63.4% to 36.6%. Pfeiffer will take the House seat with no opponent in the November election.

State Representative District 43 Republican Runoff, John Paul Jordan defeated Jonathon Clour, 68.9% to 31.1%. Jordan will take the House seat with no opponent in the November election.

State Representative District 61 Republican Runoff, Casey Murdock defeated Kenny Bob Tapp, 59.5% to 40.5%.

State Representative District 65 Republic Runoff, Scooter Park defeated Scott Hayes, 53.7% to 46.3%.

State Representative District 69 Republican Runoff, Chuck Strohm defeated Melissa Abdo, 52.3% to 47.7%. Strohm will take his seat in the House with no opponent in the November election.

District Attorney District 14 Republic Runoff, Steve Kunzweiler defeated Fred Jordan, 55.7% to 44.3%.

Politics and Government
8:48 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Steve Kern Loses GOP Oklahoma Senate District 40 Runoff To Ervin Yen

Ervin Yen
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A pastor whose legislator wife has made incendiary comments about minorities and gay people has lost a runoff election for an Oklahoma state Senate set.

Anesthesiologist Ervin Yen defeated Steve Kern in a runoff election for the Republican nomination to the District 40 Senate seat in Oklahoma City. Yen faces Democrat John Handy Edwards in the Nov. 4 general election.

Kern is an evangelical pastor and husband of Republican state Rep. Sally Kern, who made national headlines in 2008 when she said gay people pose a greater threat to the country than terrorism.

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Politics and Government
8:41 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

McAffrey Elected By Democrats For 5th District Congressional Race

Al McAffrey
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State Sen. Al McAffrey has won the Democratic nomination for central Oklahoma's 5th Congressional District.

McAffrey defeated retired university professor Tom Guild in Tuesday's runoff election for the Democratic nomination. McAffrey faces Republican Steve Russell in the Nov. 4 general election.

McAffrey was one of three Democrats who sought their party's nomination in the June 24 primary election. A runoff was needed because no candidate received more than 50 percent of the vote.

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Politics and Government
8:34 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

John Cox Wins Democratic Nod For State Superintendent Of Educatation

John Cox
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Longtime educator John Cox has won the Democratic Party's nomination to be Oklahoma's next superintendent of schools.

Cox has worked in education for 30 years as a teacher, principal and superintendent.

In voting Tuesday, he defeated teacher Freda Deskin to win the nomination and will face Republican Joy Hofmeister in November.

Hofmeister defeated incumbent Janet Barresi in the June GOP primary.

Both Cox and Deskin had said Oklahoma voters made a statement by turning Barresi out of office in the primary.

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Politics and Government
8:21 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Russell Wins GOP Nod In Oklahoma's U.S. 5th District

Steve Russell
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Former state Sen. Steve Russell has won the Republican nomination for central Oklahoma's 5th Congressional District.

Russell defeated Corporation Commission member Patrice Douglas in Tuesday's runoff election for the GOP nomination. Russell faces either state Sen. Al McAffrey or retired professor Tom Guild in the Nov. 4 election.

Russell was one of six Republicans who sought their party's nomination in the June 24 primary election. No candidate received more than 50 percent of the vote, forcing the runoff.

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Runoff Elections
7:58 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Johnson Wins Democratic Runoff In US Senate Race

Constance Johnson
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State Sen. Connie Johnson has won the Democratic primary runoff election and will face Republican U.S. Rep. James Lankford in the race to fill an open Oklahoma U.S. Senate seat.

Johnson beat perennial candidate Jim Rogers in Tuesday's contest. She has campaigned on several social and civil liberties issues, including the legalization of marijuana and reform of Oklahoma's criminal justice system, among others.

She also says the state's economy is struggling and never fully regained its footing after the recession.

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News
4:37 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

VA's Inspector General Finds Faked Data At Hospitals Across U.S.

Originally published on Tue August 26, 2014 7:07 pm

President Obama addressed the annual convention of the American Legion in North Carolina with a raft of new proposals for vets. The speech comes as the inspector general at the Veterans Affairs Department is releasing a report on the scandal over phony wait times at the Phoenix VA hospital.

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National Security
4:35 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Obama Considers Widening Strikes Against Islamic State Militants

During a speech at the American Legion's National Convention on Tuesday, President Obama again called the extremist group the Islamic State a "cancer."
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Originally published on Tue August 26, 2014 7:12 pm

President Obama is considering widening military strikes against the extremist group that beheaded American journalist James Foley. The U.S. has been bombing the Islamic State's positions in Iraq, and may decide to extend those strikes to Syria.

Three years after the killing of Osama bin Laden, and a year after President Obama tried to turn the page on the open-ended war on terror, the U.S. is facing a threat from a group even more extreme than al-Qaida.

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AP Exit Polls
4:24 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

From Right Wingers To Realists, Oklahomans Vote Their Conscience

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Here is a collection of voter voices from Tuesday's runoff election in Oklahoma:

In Edmond, retiree Steve Pierce, 71, voted for Republican Patrice Douglas in the 5th Congressional District runoff. Pierce noted that Douglas is a former Edmond mayor and said she has "done a remarkable job in all of the positions she's had."

"I think she has a proven track record. I felt she was better prepared to enter the fray," he said.

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Around the Nation
3:33 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Years After Their Own Protests, Eyes Of Anaheim Are On Ferguson

Originally published on Tue August 26, 2014 7:07 pm

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