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Field Is Set Following Oklahoma’s Primary Runoffs

Aug 29, 2018
Oklahoma Republicans and Democrats have finalized their nominees heading into the November elections.

Nate Webb, President, Oklahoma Credit Union Association

Oklahoma Republicans and Democrats have finalized their nominees heading into the November elections.

Tuesday night’s primary runoff elections were the culmination of some of the most contentious and negative campaigns in recent memory. The vast majority of those campaigns were on the Republican side.

In the contest to replace term-limited Gov. Mary Fallin, Tulsa businessman Kevin Stitt claimed the Republican nomination, beating former Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett. Stitt, considered a dark horse at the onset of the campaign, won by nearly ten percent. He will face former attorney general Drew Edmondson in November.

Matt Pennell, a longtime Republican operative, easily defeated Corporation Commissioner Dana Murphy to claim the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor. He faces Democratic state Sen. Anastasia Pittman in November.

The Republican race for attorney general was undeniably the cliffhanger of the evening. Trailing for most of the night, incumbent Mike Hunter defeated newcomer Gentner Drummond by less than 300 votes. As of this writing, Drummond has yet to formally concede.

Absentee and early voting put Hunter over the top. He actually came up short on votes cast on Election Day. The AG’s race turned particularly nasty in the final days of the campaign, with both sides airing a slew of negative ads.

In the open seat race for Oklahoma’s 1st Congressional District, Kevin Hern defeated Tim Harris. Some late polling showed the race too close to call. But Hern, who was heavily supported by Oklahoma credit unions, ultimately claimed the nomination. He is expected to face only token Democrat opposition in the heavily Republican district. 

The state legislature will have even more new faces next year with several incumbents losing to political newcomers.

If you have any questions about this story, please contact Nate Webb at 405-445-1510 or

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