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Oklahoma elections: John Doak defeats challenger for insurance commissioner by wide margin

Doak had 77.5 percent of the vote with all precincts reporting Tuesday night. Viner had 22.5 percent of the vote.
by Brianna Bailey Modified: June 25, 2014 at 12:01 am •  Published: June 25, 2014

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.

Doak had 77.5 percent of the vote with all precincts reporting Tuesday night. Viner had 22.5 percent of the vote. Out of 244,898 votes cast, Doak received 189,760 votes, and Viner received 55,027 votes.

Doak secured another four years in office with the primary win. No Democrat filed for the statewide office, which regulates Oklahoma’s $18-billion insurance industry.

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.

Viner said he was happy with the votes he received after spending only $5,000 of his own money on the race. He decided to run because he believes that Oklahomans’ insurance rates are too high and spending has been excessive under Doak.

“I think there’s a lot of people who had some questions about Mr. Doak and I’m glad they voted for me,” Viner said.

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by Brianna Bailey
Business Writer
Brianna Bailey has lived in Idaho, Germany and Southern California, but Oklahoma is her adopted home. She has a bachelor's degree in Journalism from the Univerisity of Oklahoma and has worked at several newspapers in Oklahoma and Southern...
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