Oklahoma elections: Gov. Mary Fallin cruises to easy victory in GOP gubernatorial primary

Gov. Fallin is on her way to a general election race against Democrat Joe Dorman.
by Rick Green Modified: June 24, 2014 at 11:53 pm •  Published: June 24, 2014

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin cruised to an easy victory Tuesday in the Republican primary, setting up a general election race against state Rep. Joe Dorman.

“Moving forward, my message to Oklahomans will be a simple one: in the last four years, we’ve worked successfully to create 80,000 new jobs; we’ve eliminated government waste and made our state agencies perform more efficiently; and we’ve stood up to President Obama and Washington politicians when they’ve tried to force bad policies on the people of Oklahoma.”

With nearly every precinct reporting, Fallin had 197,439 votes, or 75.5 percent, in a race against two candidates who support legalization of marijuana.

Chad Moody, 46, a criminal defense attorney known in Oklahoma City as “The Drug Lawyer” had 40,344, or 15.4 percent of the vote, and Dax Ewbank, 38, a computer network operator from Guthrie, had 23,737, or 9.1 percent percent of the vote.

Fallin, 59, said that her first term was a success and that she wants to build on her accomplishments.

“Oklahoma is on the right track and our families and businesses are prospering,” she said. “I am asking voters to support my reelection in the upcoming campaign and help us continue to build our state’s impressive forward momentum. Together, I know we can make Oklahoma an even better place to live, work and raise a family.”

The two lesser-known challengers were never able to gain much political traction against Fallin, who was the first woman to be governor in Oklahoma and previously served as a U.S. representative, lieutenant governor and state representative.

Dorman, 44, of Rush Springs, is the only Democrat in the race.

He said education reform will be a top issue in the fall campaign. Joy Hofmeister trounced incumbent state schools superintendent Janet Barresi in the Republican primary, and Dorman said this was a good sign for his campaign.

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by Rick Green
Capitol Bureau Chief
Rick Green is the Capitol Bureau Chief of The Oklahoman. A graduate of Humboldt State University in Arcata, Calif., he worked as news editor for The Associated Press in Oklahoma City before joining The Oklahoman.
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