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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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“We have been greatly encouraged by the results tonight and are extremely excited that Markwayne has won the election and is the Republican nominee,” he said. “We feel like Markwayne is the right candidate to go to Washington and oppose Barack Obama's socialist agenda.”

The candidates are competing for the right to represent the 2nd District, which includes 25 eastern and southeastern Oklahoma counties.

The competition is being closely watched nationally as Republicans view it as an opportunity to potentially pick up a seat in a district that is overwhelmingly Democratic in voter registration but composed primarily of rural conservatives.

Democrats have expressed optimism that they will be able to retain the seat.

Boren, of Muskogee, is currently the lone Democrat in Oklahoma's congressional delegation.

He is retiring from the position.

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by Randy Ellis
Investigative 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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