Election recap: Medical marijuana passes, runoff after runoff and more
Tuesday was election day in Oklahoma and, boy, did people flock to their polling places.
But a high turnout was to be expected -- after all, medical marijuana was on the ballot, we've got a huge race for the governorship going and so much more.
NewsOK is peppered with election coverage but here is one place you can recap everything in just a couple of minutes.
Oklahomans voted to approve the state-sanctioned use of medical marijuana Tuesday. The vote was 505,384 (57 percent) to 383,841 (43 percent) with 1,948 of 1,951 precincts reporting.
Tuesday's vote reflected a dramatic shift in attitudes toward the drug by a majority of Oklahomans in a state that has sometimes been referred to as the “buckle on the Bible belt.”
Mick Cornett and Kevin Stitt advanced to a runoff on Tuesday for the Republican gubernatorial nomination, while Democrat Drew Edmondson easily secured his party's nod for the general election.
Cornett, the former mayor of Oklahoma City, got 29 percent of the vote, and it was a photo finish for the second spot in the runoff, with Tulsa businessman Kevin Stitt edging out Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb.
The no-holds-barred fight for attorney general will be going another round.
Attorney General Mike Hunter and his chief challenger, Gentner Drummond, are headed for a runoff.
Corporation Commissioner Dana Murphy and longtime Republican Party officer Matt Pinnell headed to a runoff in the GOP lieutenant governor's race on Tuesday, while Democrat Anastasia Pittman held a slight lead for her party's nomination.
With 1,948 of 1,951 precincts counted, Murphy garnered 196,017 votes, or 46 percent, and Pinnell had 152,716 votes, 36 percent. The two campaigned all over the state for months and spent heavily on television.
They will meet in a runoff on Aug. 28.
Cindy Byrd and Charlie Prater will be involved in a runoff for state auditor and inspector in Tuesday's primary.
Byrd, of Coalgate, received 203,373 votes, or 49.45 percent, while Prater, of Edmond, received 173,072, or 42.08 percent, with 1,948 of 1,951 precincts reporting.
John Uzzo, of Tahlequah, received 34,858 votes, or 8.48 percent.
The winner of the August runoff will face Libertarian candidate John Yeutter, of Tahlequah.
Several House lawmakers lost their seat or face a dangerous runoff election after Tuesday's primary, capping off a year of exasperated politics focused on money and education.
Five lawmakers lost in the primary election, whether by a wide margin or within a few dozen votes, according to election results Tuesday. In the past year, lawmakers faced tough votes on raising taxes to pay for teacher salaries, all while rehabilitating Oklahoma's failed budget.
Incumbent Sen. Ervin Yen, R-Oklahoma City, lost his reelection on Tuesday, falling to challenger Joe Howell in the Senate District 40 Republican primary.
Yen, who is a medical doctor, was the only incumbent state senator to lose reelection.
Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner Bob Anthony will face former Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman in a Republican runoff to be the party's nominee for the seat in the November general election.
With 99 percent of precincts reporting, Anthony had captured 196,612 votes, or about 47 percent of cast ballots in the race, while Bingman had 160,145, or about 38 percent.
In a Democratic primary election for the same seat Tuesday, community organizer Ashley Nicole McCray was the top vote-getter in a four-way race, receiving 180,121 votes, or nearly 49 percent. She'll face Blake Cummings in the Aug. 28 primary, who recieved 81,890 votes, or about 22 percent.
State schools Superintendent Joy Hofmeister got a tougher-than-expected fight from two challengers in Tuesday's Republican primary and will face one in an August runoff.
With 1,948 of 1,951 precincts reporting as of press time, Hofmeister had 200,159 votes (46.84 percent), followed by Linda Murphy's 132,631 (31.04 percent) and Will Farrell's 94,517 (22.12 percent).
District Judge Howard Haralson was defeated Tuesday in the primary election for the Office 3 seat in western Oklahoma County.
With all precincts reporting, Amy Palumbo received 29,268 votes (65 percent), Haralson received 8,217 (18 percent) and attorney Mark Bailey received 7,424 (17 percent).
Cathy Costello will face state Rep. Leslie Osborn in the runoff Republican Primary election for labor commissioner Aug. 28.
Costello had 180,936 votes, or 43 percent, and Osborn had 150,135 votes, or 36 percent, with 99 percent of precincts reporting. Keith Swinton had 87,108 votes, or 21 percent.
The winner will be up against Democrat Fred Dorrell and Independent Brandt Dismukes in the November general election.
Todd Gibson — the interim sheriff of Cleveland County — won the Republican primary for sheriff Tuesday.
Gibson had 20,059 votes (65.64 percent) with 82 of 84 precincts reporting while Leon Sugg had 6,489 votes (21.23 percent). Lynn Stratton was last with 4,011 votes (13.13 percent).
The election for the unexpired term arose when Joe Lester retired Oct. 2, less than a month after the release of a state audit of his office that found widespread financial mismanagement.
Kevin Calvey edged Rick Buchanan Tuesday night for the Republican nomination to succeed Ray Vaughn as the District 3 commissioner in Oklahoma County.
With all 84 precincts reporting, Calvey, a state representative from Oklahoma City, had 20,022 votes (51.9 percent) to 18,526 votes (48.1 percent) for Buchanan, Vaughn's chief deputy.
Larry Stein won the Republican nomination in the race for Oklahoma County assessor Tuesday, defeating Gary Banz by a vote of 44,400 to 27,027 with all 257 precincts reporting.
"I have been out working 18-, 19- and 20-hour days as hard as I can. It appears to have paid off," said Stein, 62, of Edmond, who has worked in the assessor's office for 17 years.
Carrie Blumert and Al McAffrey will meet in a runoff Aug. 28 to decide the Democratic nominee for District 1 Oklahoma County commissioner.
Longtime Democratic District 1 Commissioner Willa Johnson is retiring.
With all 91 precincts reporting, Blumert had 14,587 votes, or 45.8 percent, in Tuesday's primary to 8,747 votes, or 27.4 percent, for McAffrey.
Glen Mulready won Tuesday's Republican primary for Oklahoma State Insurance Commissioner, defeating Donald Chasteen 55 percent to 45 percent.
"It's a great vote of confidence from the people of Oklahoma for my message and where we want to go with the insurance department," Mulready said Tuesday night. "We look forward to starting the general election race tomorrow."
With 99 percent of the precincts reporting, Mulready received 199,882 votes to Chasteen's 164,908, a lead of 34,974. With Tuesday's win, Mulready is set to face Democrat Kimberly Fobbs in the Nov. 6 general election. Fobbs, 52, did not face a primary opponent.
Area Democrats winnowed their crowded six-person congressional field Tuesday night, setting the stage for an August runoff that will determine whether Kendra Horn or Tom Guild faces U.S. Rep. Steve Russell in the autumn.
Incumbent District Attorney Laura Austin Thomas defeated challenger Jill Ochs-Tontz for the Republican nomination in District 9 Tuesday night in the single contested primary among district attorneys in central Oklahoma.