A defense attorney who once represented Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols defeated incumbent Mark Gibson Tuesday in the race for the Republican nomination for district attorney in Kay and Noble counties.
Brian Hermanson, who represented Nichols during his state trial, defeated Gibson 3,383 to 2,757 Tuesday according to complete but unofficial results from the state Election Board.
Hermanson said his legal representation of Nichols was raised as an issue in the campaign, "but I was able to put the issue to bed with the support I received from victims."
Hermanson will face Democrat Thomas Salisbury in the November general election. Hermanson, Salisbury and Gibson all are from Ponca City.
Gibson was joined in defeat by two other incumbent district attorneys Tuesday.
Bartlesville attorney Kevin Buchanan defeated incumbent District Attorney Rick Esser by a vote of 4,523 to 2,183 in the race for the Republican nomination for the prosecutor's post in Nowata and Washington counties.
Esser has been district attorney there for 16 years.
Buchanan will now face Democrat Alan Gentges in the general election.
In southeastern Oklahoma, incumbent District Attorney Laura Ross Wallis was drubbed by former assistant Mark Matloff in the race for the prosecutor's post over Choctaw, McCurtain and Pushmataha counties.
Matloff had 6,470 votes, compared to 3,399 for Wallis. Doyle Blythe was a distant third with 833 votes. All candidates in that race were Democrats, so Matloff was elected.
Three incumbent district attorneys won their primaries, however.
Richard Smothermon, district attorney for Lincoln and Pottawatomie counties, defeated challenger Bill Roberson by a vote of 5,066 to 3,607. Roberson was a former district attorney for the area. Both candidates are Democrats and there is no Republican in the race, so Smotherman was re-elected.
Also winning their primaries were Jerry Moore, incumbent district attorney for Adair, Cherokee, Sequoyah and Wagoner counties, and Max Cook, district attorney for Creek and Okfuskee counties.
Moore won the Democratic nomination over W. Grant Huskey by a vote of 11,642 to 6,076 in their northeastern Oklahoma district. Moore will face Republican Brian Kuester in the general election.
In the race in Creek and Okfuskee counties, Cook defeated Doug Merritt 3,007 to 2,447 to win re-election. Both candidates are Republicans and no Democrat entered the race.
There were two Oklahoma district attorney primary races Tuesday in which no incumbent was involved.
Farley Ward, currently an assistant district attorney in Muskogee County, defeated two other candidates to win the district attorney's race in Haskell and Pittsburg Counties.
Ward received 4,748 votes, compared to 2,899 for Terry Harrison and 1,139 for Russell Tacheira. Harrison is a state representative who decided to run for district attorney rather than seeking a fifth term and Tacheira is currently an assistant district attorney for Haskell and Pittsburg counties.
The position became open when District Attorney Jim Bob Miller was prohibited from running for election in 2010 as part of a deferred prosecution agreement with state Attorney General Drew Edmondson.
Elsewhere, Janice Steidley defeated Patrick Abitbol in the Democratic primary race to replace retiring District Attorney Gene Haynes in Craig, Mayes and Rogers counties.
With 76 of 77 precincts counted, Steidley was leading Abitbol by a vote total of 6,989 to 3,824. Steidley has been drug court coordinator for Mayes and Craig counties since 2003, while Abitbol is an assistant district attorney.
Steidley will face Republican M. Bryce Lair in the general election.