Elections: Oklahoma governor lends support in primary elections

The Republican governor has endorsed GOP lawmakers who are seeking re-election.
BY MICHAEL MCNUTT mmcnutt@opubco.com Published: June 19, 2012

Gov. Mary Fallin is doing more than voting in next week's Republican primary election. She is endorsing at least three GOP legislators in their re-election bids.

Fallin, who never has lost an election in more than 20 years, said she didn't have any qualms about speaking out and appearing in campaign material for lawmakers who have similar objectives. Some elected officials wait to back candidates until after voters select nominees.

“I don't think it's unusual for a governor or any other elected official to support someone that's done a great job that's been in office,” said Fallin, who was elected governor in November 2010. “Some of them I've worked very closely with here at the state Capitol. They have done a great job. They're conservative. They have values that are very similar to the values that I support and think are important to move Oklahoma forward.”

Fallin appears in campaign literature for State Sen. Clark Jolley, R-Edmond, and state Reps. Guy Liebmann and Elise Hall, both Oklahoma City Republicans.

Fallin, whose approval rating was 64 percent according to a survey last month, said she understands the risk that a defeat of a lawmaker she is backing could be interpreted as a rejection of her policies.

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