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Oklahoma elections: Todd Hiett beats Cliff Branan in GOP Oklahoma Corporation Commission primary

Former House Speaker Todd Hiett, of Kellyville, beat term-limited state Sen. Cliff Branan on Tuesday evening in the GOP primary for Oklahoma Corporation Commission. No Democrats or independents filed for the post, so Hiett will take office in January.
by Paul Monies Modified: June 24, 2014 at 11:33 pm •  Published: June 24, 2014

Former House Speaker Todd Hiett will be the newest member of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission after beating term-limited Sen. Cliff Branan in the GOP primary Tuesday.

With all precincts reporting, Hiett had 128,083 votes, or 52 percent. Branan had 117,086, or 48 percent.

Since no Democrats or independents filed for the position, Hiett will take office in January. He will replace Patrice Douglas, who made a runoff in the Republican primary for the 5th Congressional District in central Oklahoma.

“Statewide elections are difficult, but it’s a very gratifying win,” said Hiett, who lost to Democrat Jari Askins in the race for lieutenant governor in 2006. “I think voters in Oklahoma agreed with our message and the need to push back against an overly aggressive federal government.”

Hiett, 46, said it was important to keep utility rates low, not only for customers but for businesses.

“The importance of the Corporation Commission is more significant than ever because the federal government is so driven to make decisions for Oklahoma,” Hiett said.

Branan, 53, said he was impressed with Hiett’s campaign and called to congratulate him about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. It was the first statewide race for Branan, who is term-limited after serving 12 years in the state Senate.

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by Paul Monies
Energy Reporter
Paul Monies is an energy reporter for The Oklahoman. He has worked at newspapers in Texas and Missouri and most recently was a data journalist for USA Today in the Washington D.C. area. Monies also spent nine years as a business reporter and...
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