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SHANNON, FISHER LOSE!

SHELTON, PITTMAN JOHNSON VICTORS IN PRIMARIES;
YOUNG AND THOMPSON IN RUNOFF


A state representative seeking a seat in the U.S. Senate was obliterated Tuesday night by U.S. Rep. James Lankford (Rep., Okla.), who succeeded in avoiding a runoff even though he faced multiple opponents.

Meanwhile, an incumbent state representative facing a surprise opponent wanting to take away the incumbent’s seat was summarily eviscerated in a Democratic primary. Those were two of the more exciting election night contests.

State Rep. T.W. Shannon (Rep., Lawton), the only Black of his party serving in the Legislature, who had made history when he became speaker of the State House of Representatives at age 34, failed in his attempt to be the most-far-right-wing-politician-ever to advance his political career.

(State Rep. Shannon, after pledging to hang on to the speaker title while campaigning for the U.S. Senate seat, suddenly took to the floor of the State House to announce he was quitting the speaker’s post.)

Congressman Lankford repelled the slew of negative attack ads paid for by “dark PAC’s” supporting former-State House Speaker Shannon, and easily won a landslide over his challengers with 57 percent of the vote.

State Rep. Shannon trailed badly with a 34 percent share.

Some had forecast that the Shannon-supportive “dark PAC” ads would result in a runoff. They were wrong.

In the contest between State Rep. Mike Shelton (Dem., Oklahoma City), the incumbent legislator who was about to be term-limited out of his post in two-years, almost literally cut apart the campaign put on by Bruce Fisher.

Late last year, Mr. Fisher retired from his position at the Oklahoma History Center, and announced his candidacy soon after.

For his efforts, he got only 760 voters to support him (19.2 percent) with State Rep. Shelton taking the lion’s share of the votes (3,207 or 80.8 percent).

Eleanor Darden Thompson, a retired assistant United States attorney, gave Rev. George Young, a retired church pastor, a run for his money Tuesday night as they both vied (along with another candidate) vied to become the state representative for District 99 in the Democratic primary.

Rev. Young led with 1,074 (43.1 percent), but Mrs. Thompson received 778 votes (31.2 percent) and will be involved in a runoff election in August.

Steve Davis trailed with 639 votes (25.7 percent).

State Rep. Anastasia A. Pittman (Dem., Oklahoma City) greatly outdistanced her opponent, Christine Byrd, in her bid to become a state senator representing District 48. The final tally was Pittman; 5,658 (84.8 percent); Byrd: 1,014 (15.2 percent).

State Sen., Constance Johnson (Dem., Oklahoma City), who has made her campaign in the Legislature for the legalization of marijuana the hallmark of her service in the Legislature, vacated her District 48 seat to seek the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn (Rep., Okla.).

She will be in a runoff with Jim Rogers, since she received 43.8 percent of the vote to be the Democratic nominee. Mr. Rogers got 35.3 percent.

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