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Updates from Oklahoma primary election

Voters selected candidates Tuesday in party primaries including races for state and U.S. senators and representatives, as well as Oklahoma’s governor and superintendent of public instruction. Read race updates below from reporters and editors. 

FROM LOCAL REPORTS Modified: June 24, 2014 at 3:47 pm •  Published: June 24, 2014
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Voters selected candidates Tuesday in party primaries including races for state and U.S. senators and representatives, as well as Oklahoma’s governor and superintendent of public instruction. Read race updates below from reporters and editors. 

NewsOK 4:33 p.m. Polls close at 7 p.m. Go to http://elections.ok.gov to find your polling place.
NewsOK 4:38 p.m. A key race this election is the GOP contest to serve out the remainder of the term of U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn. The top two Republican candidates running for Coburn’s seat are state Rep. T.W. Shannon, of Lawton, and U.S. Rep. James Lankford, of Oklahoma City. http://newsok.com/article/4...
NewsOK 4:38 p.m. The Republican primary for superintendent of public instruction also has been a hotly contested race, with incumbent Janet Barresi locked in a battle with Joy Hofmeister.
NewsOK 6:06 p.m. Oklahoma County Election Board Secretary Doug Sanderson said voting at polls looked steady early. Turnout of registered voters was expected to be in the mid-20 percent range. http://newsok.com/oklahoma-...
NewsOK 7:04 p.m. Tune in for a live video update on the races we're watching tonight: http://newsok.com/live
NewsOK 7:33 p.m. Gov. Mary Fallin with 76 percent of the vote as first precincts report in GOP primary.
NewsOK 7:41 p.m. From Brianna Bailey:

Doak had 13,751 votes, about 79.2 percent of the vote, according to early returns, mostly consisting of absentee and early voting results. Viner had 3,606 votes, or about 20.8 percent of the vote.

Viner, 61, of Moore is an auditor for the Oklahoma Tax Commission and has previously worked as an examiner for the Oklahoma Department of Insurance and the Nevada Division of Insurance.

Doak, 51, of Tulsa, was elected in November 2010, when he beat out Democrat incumbent Kim Holland. He previously worked as an executive for State Farm Insurance.

The outcome of Tuesday’s Republican primary will determine the ultimate winner of the Insurance Commissioner race. There is no Democratic candidate for the statewide office, which regulates Oklahoma’s $18-billion insurance industry.
NewsOK 7:50 p.m. Republican U.S. Rep. Frank Lucas has defeated two challengers to win the Republican nomination to his U.S. House seat in western Oklahoma. http://newsok.com/article/4...
NewsOK 8:10 p.m. From Bill Crum:

A big night for Willa Johnson in Oklahoma City.

The veteran county commissioner was cruising to victory Tuesday in the Democratic primary for her District 1 seat on the Oklahoma County Board of Commissioners.

Johnson, 75, likely will defend her seat against Republican Daren Ward in the November general election. Ward, 39, was taking an easy victory in the race for the GOP nomination.

With 22 of 91 precincts reporting, Johnson, of Oklahoma City, led Ronald Henry, 63, of Luther 3,064 to 852 in the Democratic primary.

Ward, of Oklahoma City, led Earl Davis, 62, of Choctaw 1,503 to 815 in the Republican primary.
NewsOK 8:49 p.m. From Brianna Bailey:

Incumbent Insurance Commissioner John Doak easily defeated challenger Bill Viner in Tuesday’s Republican primary.

The Associated Press had called the race in favor of Doak within an hour of the polls closing Tuesday night.

Doak had about 77 percent of the vote with roughly two-thirds of precincts reporting Tuesday. Viner had about 23 percent of the vote.
NewsOK 8:49 p.m. Viner, 61, of Moore, is an auditor for the Oklahoma Tax Commission and has previously worked as an examiner for the Oklahoma Department of Insurance and the Nevada Division of Insurance.

A political newcomer, Viner had no website, did little campaigning and had no campaign donors. He spent election night shopping eating out with his wife and shopping the clearance racks at Target before returning home.

“Maybe I’ll be back in four years,” Viner said.
NewsOK 8:50 p.m. Doak, 51, of Tulsa spent the evening celebrating with supporters at Pharridge Farm Western Party Barn in Tulsa.

Doak secured another four years in office with Tuesday’s primary win. There was Democratic candidate for the statewide office, which regulates Oklahoma’s $18-billion insurance industry.

He said he planned to spend his second term continuing his work to educate consumers about the terms of their insurance polices and disaster preparedness.

While Oklahomans pay some of the highest insurance rates in the nation, because of the state’s propensity for wind and hail damage, Doak said he believes the solution is making the state more inviting for insurers to do business.

“We will continue to focus on free market principals and making Oklahoma open for business, and retaining companies we have here,” he said.
NewsOK 9:29 p.m. From Brianna Bailey:

Incumbent Insurance Commissioner John Doak easily defeated challenger Bill Viner in Tuesday’s Republican primary.

The Associated Press had called the race in favor of Doak within an hour of the polls closing Tuesday night.

Doak had about 77 percent of the vote with all but about 3 percent of precincts reporting Tuesday night. Viner had about 23 percent of the vote.

Doak secured another four years in office with Tuesday’s primary win. There was Democratic candidate for the statewide office, which regulates Oklahoma’s $18-billion insurance industry.
NewsOK 9:30 p.m. From Brianna Bailey:

A political newcomer, Viner had no website, did little campaigning and had no campaign donors. He spent election night shopping the clearance racks at Target with his wife before returning home to eat ice cream and watch the election results on television.

“I got at 46,000 votes—that’s pretty good,” Viner said. “I think there’s a lot of people who had some questions about Mr. Doak and I’m glad they voted for me.”

Viner, 61, of Moore, is an auditor for the Oklahoma Tax Commission and has previously worked as an examiner for the Oklahoma Department of Insurance and the Nevada Division of Insurance.

He said he hasn’t ruled out running for Insurance Commissioner again in another four years.
NewsOK 9:30 p.m. From Brianna Bailey:

Doak, 51, of Tulsa spent the evening celebrating with supporters at Pharridge Farm Western Party Barn in Tulsa.

He said he planned to spend his second term continuing his work to educate consumers about the terms of their insurance polices and disaster preparedness.

While Oklahomans pay some of the highest insurance rates in the nation, because of the state’s propensity for wind and hail damage, Doak said he believes the solution is making the state more inviting for insurers to do business.

“We will continue to focus on free market principals and making Oklahoma open for business, and retaining companies we have here,” he said.
NewsOK 9:35 p.m. Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner Patrice Douglas and former state Sen. Steve Russell will meet in a runoff election for the Republican nomination in central Oklahoma's 5th Congressional District. http://newsok.com/douglas-r...
NewsOK 11:02 p.m. Thanks for joining our live coverage tonight. Be sure to pick up a copy of The Oklahoman tomorrow for complete election coverage and analysis.

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