State Sen. Todd Lamb of Edmond, who served the past two years as the Senate's majority floor leader, eased to a win in Tuesday's five-man Republican primary race for lieutenant governor.
He will face Democratic State Sen. Kenneth Corn, 33, of Poteau, and independent Richard Prawdzienski, 62, of Edmond, in the Nov. 2 general election. No other Democrats or independents filed for the office.
With all but 17 of 2,244 precincts reporting, Lamb had claimed 67 percent of the vote.
Lamb was the first Republican majority floor leader. If he wins the general election, he would be the first male Republican elected lieutenant governor since statehood in 1907. Mary Fallin was the only previous Republican elected to the position.
Lamb, 38, was elected to the Senate in 2004 and his present four-year term doesn't expire until 2012. He served three years working for former Gov. Frank Keating and is a former U.S. Secret Service agent.
With the few precincts remaining, Lamb had received 154,602 votes, while State Rep. John A. Wright, of Broken Arrow, who served as chairman of the House Republican caucus, had 17.4 percent of the vote with 40,141 votes.
Paul F. Nosak, of Owasso, who operates a tree removal service and a roofing and restoration business, received 5.87 percent with 13,528 votes. Bill Crozier, 63, of Hinton, who lists his occupation as teacher, had 5.21 percent of the vote with 12,007; and Bernie Adler, 78, of Oklahoma City, a real estate investor, had 4.48 percent with 10,343.
"What I want to do as lieutenant governor is be an aggressive ambassador, retaining Oklahoma jobs; secondly, recruiting Oklahoma jobs and focusing on economic development," Lamb said.
CONTRIBUTING: STAFF WRITER LEIGH ANNE C. MANWARREN