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Oklahoma elections: Jones appears to win auditor and inspector primary

Oklahoma Republican Party chairman leads pack in race for state auditor nomination.
BY VALLERY BROWN Modified: July 28, 2010 at 1:00 am •  Published: July 28, 2010

Former Oklahoma Republican Party Chairman Gary Jones easily won the primary race for state auditor and inspector Tuesday.

Antlers Democrat Steve Burrage will face Jones in the general election Nov. 2. Burrage is seeking his first full four-year term to the post and was unopposed in the Democratic primary.

Jones received nearly 70 percent of the vote to about 30 percent for his opponent, David Hanigar of Edmond.

"We're looking forward to the general election now," said Jones.

Jones outpaced Hanigar in fundraising efforts, bringing in $18,608 compared to $4,500 raised by Hanigar, $3,200 of which was his own.

Jones, of Cache, resigned from his position as state GOP chairman in June to campaign for the state auditor post. He served as state GOP chairman since 2003.

He unsuccessfully ran for the post against Jeff McMahan in 2002 and 2006.

McMahan resigned in 2008 after being convicted of several corruption-related felonies. He reported to prison in March 2009 to serve an eight-year and one month prison sentence.

Gov. Brad Henry appointed Burrage to replace McMahan in 2008.

We're looking forward to the general election now."

Former Oklahoma Republican Party Chairman Gary Jones


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