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Oklahoma Elections: Rep. John Sullivan loses seat to political newcomer Jim Bridenstine

Rep. Sullivan is first Oklahoma incumbent in 18 years to get knocked off; in 2nd District, Democrats Rob Wallace and Wayne Herriman will meet again Aug. 28, while Republicans Markwayne Mullin and George Faught also head for a runoff.

BY CHRIS CASTEEL Modified: June 27, 2012 at 12:00 am •  Published: June 27, 2012
/articleid/3687956/1/pictures/1759957">Photo - Donna Marie Bebo Won the 4th District Democratic primary
Donna Marie Bebo Won the 4th District Democratic primary

“This is a victory,” Herriman said. “We have the momentum and force to win in August ... (It) shows that all theendorsements and career politicians are not in control of the voters in the 2nd District.”

On the Republican side, plumbing company owner Markwayne Mullin led a field of six with 42 percent of the vote, while state Rep. George Faught came in second with 22 percent.

“When I started this race, I was just a businessman from Westville, Oklahoma, with no political background,” Mullin said. “I didn’t have the backing of powerful politicians or special interest groups, but we had a ton of support from average Oklahomans who shared my belief that we need to stop Barack Obama’s socialist agenda in Washington, D.C.

“I’m looking forward to a runoff campaign to decide who will be our Republican nominee, and I hope the campaign will be a positive one.”

Faught, of Muskogee, didn’t appear to be in a positive mood, calling Mullin “a flawed candidate who cannot win” the general election in November.

He said he was thrilled to have forced a runoff despite being heavily outspent by Mullin, who put more than $275,000 of his own money into the race.

“Our campaign has been fueled by small contributions from within the district and an army of volunteers,” Faught said. “Tonight our campaign begins anew.”

Other races

Two other incumbents with primary challenges sailed easily to their nominations.

Rep. Tom Cole, R-Moore, got 88 percent of the vote to defeat Gary D. Caissie, of Norman.

“I look forward to making my case in the general election to the many Democrats and independents who also have the conservative convictions and concerns so typical of most Oklahomans, regardless of their political affiliation,” Cole said.

Cole will face Donna Marie Bebo, of Fletcher, who got 58 percent of the vote in defeating Bert Smith, of Moore.

Rep. Frank Lucas, R-Cheyenne, had no problem with William Craig Stump, of Drumright, capturing 88 percent of the vote.

Lucas will face Democrat Timothy Ray Murray, of Guthrie, who got 52 percent of the vote to defeat Frankie Robbins, of Medford.

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