HOFMEISTER WINS! She’s to Face Stitt in November; Shannon in Runoff for Inhofe’s Seat

The current state secretary of public instruction, who switched parties to run for governor, won her Democratic primary Tuesday night.

The Black former speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives placed second in a hotly-contested race to replace the retiring senior United States senator of Oklahoma.

Also, the former congresswoman who upset things political in Oklahoma when she defeated a Republican sitting congressman four years ago is now her party’s nominee for a U.S. Senate seat.

Current Secretary of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister, a Republican, switched parties and went on to win the Democratic nomination for governor by roundly defeating her opponent Tuesday night.

Secretary Hofmeister polled 101,601 votes (60.74 percent) to defeat her one opponent in the Democratic primary for governor.

She will face Gov. Kevin Stitt, a Republican, who easily trounced his three opponents by gathering 248,355 votes (69.1 percent).

Gov. Stitt and Secretary Hofmeister will square off again in November.

Markwayne Mullin won 42.62 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s Republican primary to replace U.S. Sen. James Inhofe (Rep., Okla.), but that was not enough to avoid a runoff election with Mr. Shannon, who won 17.54 percent of the vote to win second place.

The runoff is scheduled for August.

The winner will face in November former U.S. Rep. Kendra Horn (Dem., Okla.).

U.S. Sen. James Lankford (Rep., Okla.) did avoid a runoff on Tuesday, having defeated his numerous opponents.

But he will have to face either Madison Horn, who won her Democratic primary, or Jason Bollinger.

Madison Horn led with 37.2 percent of the vote in a crowded field.

Jason Bollinger polled 16.8 percent of the vote.

Thus, the runoff.

Kevin Calvey had hoped to win the Republican primary election for Oklahoma County district attorney outright Tuesday.

He almost did, coming just 16 votes short.

Now, the Oklahoma County commissioner will be in a runoff Aug. 23 with Gayland Gieger, a longtime Oklahoma County assistant district attorney.

The runoff winner will take on Democrat Vicki Behenna in the Nov. 8 general election.

Behenna is a former U.S. attorney who helped prosecute Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh at his trial in Denver in 1997.

She easily defeated Mark Myles in the Democratic primary Tuesday, winning 64% of the vote.

In other DA races, incumbents Allan Grubb and Kenny Wright lost.

In Oklahoma County, Calvey, a former state legislator, needed just one vote over 50% Tuesday to avoid a runoff. He got 49.97%.

With all precincts reporting, Calvey had 26,975 votes, Gieger had 12,548, defense attorney Jacqui Ford had 7,802 and defense attorney Robert W. Gray had 6,655.

Both Calvey and Gieger pointed to their experience as prosecutors in their pitches to primary voters.

Calvey, 55, prosecuted terrorists in Iraq between Jan. 28, 2007, and Jan. 27, 2008, as a captain in the U.S. Army, according to a narrative accompanying his Bronze Star medal.

Gieger, 55, has prosecuted murderers, sex offenders, baby killers and other criminals over 22 years in Oklahoma County District Court.

Oklahoma County voters in Districts 1 and 3 cast their ballots in primaries with some races for county commissioner heading to runoffs while others are bound straight for the general election in November.

In District 1, four Democrats fought for the chance to move on from the primary, while two Republicans faced off.  District 3 was a mirror image with four Republicans vying for the chance to advance and two Democrats.

In the Democratic primary, former state Sen. Anastasia Pittman received nearly 39% of the vote and will face incumbent Carrie Blumert, who received nearly 36% of the vote, in the Aug. 23 runoff.

The winner will face Willard Linzy, the Republican nominee, who defeated LaTonya Williams in Tuesday’s primary with nearly 67% of the vote.

Oklahoma County’s District 1 encompasses a large portion of Oklahoma City, including the city’s northeast side, plus Midwest City and Del City. Additionally the towns of Nicoma Park, Lake Aluma, Forest Park, Jones, Spencer and The Village are included.

In the District 3 Republican primary, the district’s current chief deputy, Myles Davidson and District 2 county employee Amy Alexander, both beat former sheriff P.D. Taylor to advance to the runoff.

Davidson said Tuesday he was “very honored to have received the most votes,” and looked forward to continuing to speak to District 3 voters about what mattered to them.

Alexander said she was “beyond excited and looking forward to the competition.”

The winner will face Democrat Cathy Cummings in the general election. Cummings had earned nearly 72% of the Democratic vote, beating Air Force veteran Jay Bridwell.

District 3 of Oklahoma County includes Edmond, Arcadia, parts of northern Oklahoma City, and Luther.

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