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The Two-Way
10:33 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Miss. Sen Thad Cochran Defeats Tea Party Challenger

U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., speaking at his Canton, Miss., headquarters, on Tuesday. Cochran faced a stiff challenge from Tea Party-backed state Sen. Chris McDaniel.
Rogelio V. Solis AP

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.

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Primary Elections
10:19 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Hiett Wins Oklahoma Corporation Commission Seat

Former Oklahoma House Speaker Todd Hiett speaking to fellow state legislators in 2004.
Oklahoma Legislative Services Bureau

Former Oklahoma House Speaker Todd Hiett has been elected to an open six-year term on the state's corporation commission.

Hiett defeated fellow Republican Cliff Branan in Tuesday's primary election, which was a winner-take-all contest because no Democrats or independents filed for the position.

The commission's three-member panel oversees the oil and natural gas industry and public utilities in the state.

Hiett became the first Republican House speaker in recent history when the GOP took control of the chamber in 2004.

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Primary Elections
9:04 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Russell, Douglas, Guild Headed To Fifth Congressional District Runoff

Former State Sen. Steve Russell and former Corporation Commissioner Patrice Douglas
Credit Oklahoma State Senate / Oklahoma Corporation Commission

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.

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Primary Elections
8:53 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Lankford Wins GOP Nod In U.S. Senate, Faces Dems Johnson Or Rogers, Independent Beard

U.S. Rep. James Lankford
House Republican Conference

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.

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Oklahoma Votes 2014
7:51 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Early Results: Fallin, Inhofe, Cole, Lucas, Mullin All Capture GOP Nominations

Congressman Jim Bridenstine, Markwayne Mullin, Tom Cole, and Frank Lucas all earn GOP nominations. Bridenstine has no Democratic challenger in November.
U.S. Rep. James Lankford Facebook

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.

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It's All Politics
7:35 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

New House Leadership Puts Export Bank On Shakier Ground

The U.S. government-backed loans that help Boeing and other U.S. manufacturers sell abroad has opponents of renewing the Export-Import Bank's charter accusing it of crony capitalism.
Elaine Thompson AP

Originally published on Wed June 25, 2014 5:36 pm

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.

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Veterans' Health
6:16 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Coburn Releases Scathing Report On The Veterans Administration

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U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn has released a report on problems he sees with hospitals in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the care provided to military veterans.

The report titled "Friendly Fire: Death, Delay, and Dismay at the VA" was released Tuesday by Coburn's office following a yearlong investigation.

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Primary Elections
4:26 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Tuesday's Voting "Running Smoothly"

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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.


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4:07 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Meet The New Stars Of Campaign Ads: Mom And Dad

Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., talks with her father, former New Orleans Mayor Moon Landrieu, on Feb. 1. The two appear together in recent television ads for her re-election campaign.
Gerald Herbert AP

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 6:14 pm

It's the summer of a campaign year and once again the airwaves, the Internet, and likely your own Facebook and other social media feeds are full of political ads.

In the primaries, we've already seen ads featuring cartoon turtles, gator wrestling, lots of dogs, horses and, of course, guns — propped against pickup trucks or resting over shoulders.

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3:50 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Addressing Border Crisis, Politicians Find Invitation In Misperception

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 6:14 pm

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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