Oklahoma elections: Fallin, Askins to face off in November

Updates on Oklahoma races for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and the District 5 Congressional seat.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: July 28, 2010 at 12:08 am •  Published: July 27, 2010

For the first time, women earned Oklahoma gubernatorial bids in both major political parties.

Lt. Gov. Jari Askins of Duncan narrowly defeated Attorney General Drew Edmondson on Tuesday for the Democratic nomination. With all precincts reporting, Askins won with 50.28 percent of the vote.

"I'm not running to be the first woman governor; I'm running to be the next governor," she said.

Her margin of victory was just 1,493 votes, according to preliminary numbers from the state Election Board.

Edmondson conceded defeat shortly before 11 p.m. He pledged his support for Askins, who will face the Republican nominee, U.S. Rep. Mary Fallin, in the Nov. 2 general election.

Fallin won her primary with about 55 percent of the vote.

Fallin said tonight she is glad to win the Republican gubernatorial primary without a runoff against state Sen. Randy Brogdon, who she said provided stiff competition.

"We are pleased that we will not have a runoff and that we can move on to work toward the general election and electing a conservative governor for the state of Oklahoma," she said.

Fallin said she hoped to work with Brogdon, R-Owasso, in getting him to support her gubernatorial bid.

Other key races were for lieutenant governor and attorney general, as well as the 5th Congressional District seat vacated by Fallin.

Here's a quick look at those races:

• Lieutenant governor

Five Republicans vied for the right to face Democratic state Sen. Kenneth Corn and independent Richard Prawdzienski of Edmond in the Nov. 2 general election.

Republican state Sen. Todd Lamb of Edmond won the nomination with about 67 percent of the vote.



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