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Oklahoma elections: John Doak takes big win in GOP runoff for insurance commissioner

Political newcomer John Doak cruised to victory Tuesday in a GOP runoff over former insurance commissioner John Crawford.
BY DON MECOY Published: August 25, 2010
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Political newcomer John Doak cruised to victory Tuesday in a GOP runoff over former Insurance Commissioner John Crawford.

Doak had 71 percent of the vote to Crawford's 29 percent in the only statewide race on the ballot.

Doak, 47, of Tulsa, will face Insurance Commissioner Kim Holland in the Nov. 2 general election. He wasted no time kicking off his next campaign, declaring Tuesday's victory "halftime" of the election process.

"There are a number of issues where are there are very, very broad differences between Holland and I," Doak said. "I feel like I represent more Oklahoma common values than Holland."

Crawford, 78, of Oklahoma City, declined to comment on whether he will endorse Doak in the general election.

"I'm proud that we ran a clean race and we stayed with the things we considered most important," he said.

Doak heavily outspent Crawford during the campaign. Doak raised $281,600, which included $163,500 he loaned to his campaign. Crawford's campaign war chest totaled $36,700, including $20,000 he loaned to the effort.

Doak had never run for a political office.

Crawford, a semiretired insurance actuary, was elected Oklahoma insurance commissioner in 1994, but failed to win re-election in 1998.

Crawford won 42 percent of the vote in the July 27 Republican primary election; Doak got 39 percent. Oklahoma law requires candidates in primary elections to receive the majority of votes to win the nomination.

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