Mullin, Wallace cruise to victory in Oklahoma 2nd Congressional District runoff races

Republican Markwayne Mullin of Westville and Democrat Rob Wallace of Fort Gibson won Tuesday night in party runoff races that will determine the candidates who will compete to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Dan Boren in the November general election.
by Randy Ellis Modified: August 29, 2012 at 12:02 am •  Published: August 29, 2012
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Republican Markwayne Mullin, of Westville, and Democrat Rob Wallace, of Fort Gibson, cruised to victories in Tuesday's party runoff races and will compete to succeed U.S. Rep. Dan Boren in the November general election.

Mullin, a plumbing company owner, defeated state Rep. George Faught, of Muskogee, by a vote of 12,046 (56.8 percent) to 9,159 (43.2 percent) to win the Republican runoff election.

Meanwhile, Wallace, a former state and federal prosecutor, defeated Wayne Herriman, a Muskogee seed company owner, by a vote of 25,073 (57 percent) to 18,901 (43 percent) to win the Democratic runoff election.

Reached by telephone at his watch party Tuesday night, Wallace said he was looking forward to debating issues in the general election campaign.

“We recognize that the voters of eastern Oklahoma are ready to send somebody to Washington who will get beyond the partisan games that are going on there — a person who understands we need to create jobs in eastern Oklahoma and that one of the best ways we can do that is to preserve our water resources and use them as a job creation tool.”

Trebor Worthen, an adviser to Mullin's campaign, said Mullin also was extremely pleased by Tuesday night's election results.

See All Results of the Aug. 28 Runoff Election

by Randy Ellis
Capitol Bureau Reporter
For the past 30 years, staff writer Randy Ellis has exposed public corruption and government mismanagement in news articles. Ellis has investigated problems in Oklahoma's higher education institutions and wrote stories that ultimately led to two...
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