Broken Arrow businessman Scott Pruitt, managing partner and co-owner of the Oklahoma City RedHawks baseball team, is the Republican nominee for state Attorney General.
Pruitt led the Tuesday primary with 133,918 or 56 percent of the vote over Ryan Leonard's 105,179 or 44 percent with 2,243 of 2,244 precincts reporting, according to the state Election Board.
Leonard, a former senior aide to Republican U.S. Sen. Don Nickles, out spent his opponent raising $917,484 to Pruitt's $390,342. Pruitt said his campaign has spent all but $600.
"People are excited about this election cycle. They want to take ownership in the process and fight back against Washington," Pruitt said at a Tulsa watch party. "People are awakened to the fact their individual freedoms are at risk and they know the attorney general can do something about that."
Pruitt said an attorney general is needed who will "unapologetically push back and say not in Oklahoma," to some federal laws. Both Pruitt and Leonard opposed national health care reform and promised to fight the law.
"It's been a tremendously positive campaign. We've traveled miles and met thousands of wonderful people," Leonard said at his Oklahoma City watch party. "While we weren't successful in this election, I will continue to do everything I can to help and grow this state."
Leonard said he will support Pruitt in the November general election against Democratic attorney Jim Priest of Oklahoma City.
Leonard is the son of senior federal judge Tim Leonard. His father-in-law is former Gov. Frank Keating. He previously worked as a prosecutor in Cleveland County.
Pruitt has served as a state senator and unsuccessfully ran for Congress and lieutenant governor. He had the backing of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who announced his support in a Twitter posting Monday.
For the past 16 years, Drew Edmondson has been attorney general. He did not seek re-election so he could run for the Democratic nomination for governor. Oklahoma has only had one Republican attorney general since statehood — G.T. Blankenship began his term in 1967.