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State Rep. Doug Cox, R-Grove.
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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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Two combat veterans, a contentious state schools superintendent race, and Oklahoma's first African-American female Senate candidate face Oklahoma voters this week.

Early voting began Thursday and continued into the weekend, and the winners in Tuesday's runoff advance to November's election to square off against nominees who found out their fate just over two months ago after the June 24 primary.

KGOU News Director Ben Fenwick gathered University of Oklahoma political scientist Keith Gaddie, Oklahoma Watch political reporter M. Scott Carter, and eCapitol News Director Shawn Ashley to discuss some of the implications of what's left on the ballot.

Here are three contests they're keeping an eye on:

Joy Hofmeister, Oklahoma State Schools Superintendent
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Former state Education Board member Joy Hofmeister has won the Republican nomination for Oklahoma state school superintendent.

Hofmeister defeated incumbent Janet Barresi and challenger Brian Kelly in Tuesday's primary election. She'll face one of four Democrats in the running for that party's nomination.

Barresi was first elected to office in 2010 at the height of the tea party movement and vowed to reform the state's public education system.

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A longtime educator, school administrator and former university dean is the latest candidate to announce plans to seek the state superintendent post currently held by first-term Republican Janet Barresi.

Democrat Freda Deskin formally launched her campaign on Monday with announcements in Tulsa and Oklahoma City. She was joined by Oklahoma's former First Lady Kim Henry, who is chairing her campaign.

Deskin was a public school teacher and administrator for 15 years, taught at the University of Oklahoma and was a dean at Oklahoma City University.