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A closer-than-expected governor’s race, a neck-and-neck standoff for the state superintendent seat and several competitive state Senate seats comprise Tuesday’s general election.

Early voting began Thursday and continued through Saturday. Winners will take their seats at the start of the legislative session early next year.

State Sen. David Holt (R-Oklahoma City) knocks doors for State Representative Jason Nelson (R-Oklahoma City) with his children Maggie and George.
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While most of the candidates on Tuesday’s ballot have been knocking doors, making phone calls and earning votes for weeks now, several state lawmakers are running unopposed and have quieter campaigns.

Democratic gubernatorial nominee and state Rep. Joe Dorman (D-Rush Springs) and Republican incumbent Gov. Mary Fallin during the October 2, 2014 debate at Oklahoma State University.
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Incumbent Republican Gov. Mary Fallin and Democratic state Rep. Joe Dorman of Rush Springs faced off Thursday night at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater in the only scheduled gubernatorial debate before the November 4 elections.

The two candidates focused on education and public safety issues and sparred over the current administration's handling of the economy.

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An analysis of television advertising in this year's primary races in Oklahoma shows that nearly two of every three dollars spent on TV advertising in the state school superintendent race were spent attacking candidates.

The analysis by the non-partisan Center for Public Integrity shows about $3.9 million was spent on television advertising through Sept. 8 for state-level offices, including superintendent, governor, corporation commissioner and state legislative races. That's an increase from about $3.3 million spent during a comparable period in 2010.

Oklahoma Forum: Primary Election Wrap-up

Jun 30, 2014

We analyze Tuesday’s Oklahoma Primary Election results and discuss campaign strategy and issues for the 2014 election season with:

  • Keith Gaddie, Chair, Political Science Department, University of Oklahoma
     
  • Sheryl Lovelady, former political pollster and campaign strategist  
     
  • Nate Webb, political analyst and former Congressional Chief of Staff for Mary Fallin
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Democrats in Oklahoma who already face an uphill battle against Republicans in this increasingly red state for the fall 2014 election now are preparing for two more months of inner-party conflict in races for nominations in three major political contests, two of which are state-wide races. Republicans have more runoffs in state house and senate districts.

Democratic candidates for an open U.S. Senate seat, open 5th District U.S. House seat and state schools superintendent all were forced into an August 26 runoff when no one was able to capture a majority of votes in last week's primary election.

John Fox and Freda Deskin are competing for the Democratic nomination for the state schools superintendent slot. Connie Johnson faces Jim Rogers for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate. Tom Guild and Al McAffrey will continue to fight for the nomination in the U.S. Congressional District 5.

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U.S. Rep. James Lankford's victory over a well-funded tea party challenger highlights a stunning rise to power for a 46-year-old who was a church camp director and political unknown just four years ago.

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.

Oklahoma's U.S. House delegation.
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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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Polls are open for Oklahoma voters to cast ballots in this year's primary election.

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