Oklahoma elections: Sen. Clark Jolley wins primary race against challenger Paul Blair

Sen. Clark Jolley said his Senate District 41 victory — by a count of 4,379 votes to 3,358 — shows his constituent's faith that Oklahoma is moving in the right direction. Jolley will face Richard Prawdzienski, an independent candidate from Edmond, in the November general election.

BY MEGAN ROLLAND Modified: June 26, 2012 at 11:41 pm •  Published: June 26, 2012
Sen. Clark Jolley defeated a staunch opponent in the Republican primary Tuesday night in Edmond, claiming victory by about 1,000 votes.

Jolley's challenger, Paul Blair, said he was disappointed in voter turnout and hoped that his campaign “exposed the unholy alliance between the State Chamber (of Commerce) and the strangle hold they have over our state Senate and our governor.”

Jolley said his Senate District 41 victory — by a count of 4,379 votes to 3,358 — shows his constituent's faith that Oklahoma is moving in the right direction.

Jolley will face Richard Prawdzienski, an independent candidate from Edmond, in the November general election.

Jolley wasn't the only incumbent senator to face tough opposition in the primary.

In Tulsa, Sen. Brian Crain was staving off challenger Kevin McDugle. With 15 of 39 precincts reporting, Crain had 1,527 votes and McDugle had 1,492 votes. The winner will face Democrat Julie Hall in November.

Early results showed Sens. Mike Mazzei and Dan Newberry, both Republicans from Tulsa, would easily win re-election.

The race to succeed outgoing Sen. Charlie Laster, D-Shawnee, is headed to a runoff election in August. Four Republicans and no Democrats ran to succeed the senator in District 17.

Ed Moore, a pastor at Pecan Valley Baptist Church, received 1,462 votes, putting him in the lead with almost 34 percent of the vote. He will face Ron Sharp, a Shawnee High School teacher who was endorsed by House Speaker Kris Steele, R-Shawnee. Sharp received 1,339 votes, or 31 percent.

Because no Democrats filed, the winner of the Aug. 28 runoff will take office in mid-November.

Mike Jestes and Ernest Clark were both eliminated, with 19 percent and 16 percent of the votes, respectively.

Also going to a runoff are Republican candidates for Senate District 15, which is comprised of parts of Cleveland and Oklahoma counties. The seat was previously held by Sen. Jonathan Nichols, R-Norman, who was term-limited out of office.

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