Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 10:49 pm
Republican Sen. Thad Cochran held on to a slim margin of votes to defeat his Tea Party-backed challenger and win his party's nomination.
Cochran, who at 76 has served six terms in the Senate, made a last-ditch effort to attract traditionally Democratic voters into the Republican primary runoff to bolster his flagging poll numbers against state Sen. Chris McDaniel.
Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner Patrice Douglas and former state Sen. Steve Russell will meet in a runoff election for the Republican nomination in central Oklahoma's 5th Congressional District.
Douglas and Russell were the top vote getters in Tuesday' Republican primary. They will meet again in an Aug. 26 runoff to determine who will advance to the Nov. 4 general election. The winner faces the winner of a Democratic runoff and three independent candidates for the seat being vacated by Republican Rep. James Lankford, who is running for the U.S. Senate.
U.S. Rep. James Lankford has won the Republican nomination for Oklahoma's open U.S. Senate seat.
By capturing more than 50 percent of the vote Tuesday in the seven-man GOP primary field, Lankford avoids a runoff and faces the Democratic nominee and an independent in November.
The seat was open because U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn decided to forego the final two years left on his term amid a recurrence of cancer. The state's other senator, James Inhofe, also was on the ballot and easily won his GOP primary.
Gov. Mary Fallin has defeated two pro-marijuana challengers to win the Republican nomination in her quest for a second four-year term as Oklahoma's chief executive.
Fallin defeated Oklahoma City criminal defense attorney Chad Moody and libertarian-leaning Dax Ewbank of Guthrie in Tuesday's Republican primary. The win sets up a November general election matchup against Democratic state Rep. Joe Dorman of Rush Springs and two independents.
The Export-Import Bank, created by President Franklin Roosevelt in 1934 to boost U.S. exports during the Great Depression, needs its charter to be reauthorized by September's end if it is to continue providing loans to U.S. exporters and overseas companies.
The bank has the support of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, so it sounds like an easy vote.
But Cantor was recently defeated in his primary by David Brat, the libertarian college professor who portrayed the soon-to-be-ex-majority leader as a shameless tool of big business.
Oklahoma Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax says there have been no problems reported as Democrats and Republicans go to the polls for primary elections.
Ziriax said Tuesday afternoon that the election appears to be running smoothly.
Ziriax says he has no reports on the projected turnout, but noted that during the gubernatorial primary four years ago that a total of about 512,000 voters cast ballots. That number included about 263,000 Democrats and about 249,000 Republicans.
The House Committee on Homeland Security held a hearing Tuesday to address the influx of unaccompanied immigrant children from Central America. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson spoke at the proceedings, saying the situation at the border was "urgent."
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