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Oklahoma voters go to polls Tuesday to set table for November general election

Oklahoma primary runoff elections to be held Tuesday
by Rick Green Published: August 26, 2014
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Oklahoma voters will set the lineup for the November general election Tuesday when they go to the polls to decide primary runoff races for Congress, the Oklahoma Legislature and state schools superintendent.

These contests feature the two top finishers in primary races where no candidate got more than half the votes.

The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

There’s a good chance Republican voters in the 5th Congressional District in Oklahoma, Pottawatomie and Seminole counties will select the person who will become Oklahoma’s newest U.S. representative. No Democrat has won this district in four decades, and the seat is considered safe for the GOP.

The Republican runoff will be between former Edmond Mayor Patrice Douglas, a lawyer and banker, and Steve Russell, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel and former Oklahoma state senator. The Democratic runoff features retired college professor Tom Guild, of Edmond, against state Sen. Al McAffrey, of Oklahoma City.

The vacancy in the 5th District was created when Rep. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma City, decided to run for the unexpired term of U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee, who is stepping down two years early because of health concerns. Lankford won his primary outright and is the favorite in the general election against the winner of the Democratic runoff between state Sen. Connie Johnson, of Oklahoma City, and perennial candidate Jim Rogers, of Midwest City.

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by Rick Green
Capitol Bureau Chief
Rick Green is the Capitol Bureau Chief of The Oklahoman. A graduate of Humboldt State University in Arcata, Calif., he worked as news editor for The Associated Press in Oklahoma City before joining The Oklahoman.
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Sample ballots and polling place information can be found on the state Election Board’s website — www.ok.gov/elections.

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