Oklahoma's voters head to polls Tuesday for statewide primary election

Voters head to the polls Tuesday in statewide primary
From Staff Reports Published: June 25, 2012

Voters will decide the fate Tuesday of dozens of candidates waging primary election campaigns in congressional, legislative and county races.

Oklahoma has a closed primary system, meaning only registered voters of a political party may vote in that party's primary election.

The only statewide race is the Republican contest for corporation commissioner. Commissioner Bob Anthony was elected in 1988 to the state's three-member energy, transportation and utility regulatory panel. He is being challenged by Brooks Mitchell, a former director of administration for the commission. The victor will win a six-year term on the commission; no Democrat or independent filed for it.

Democrats and Republicans can vote for candidates seeking the 2nd, 3rd and 4th congressional districts, with the largest race in the 2nd Congressional District where six Democrats and three Republicans are seeking to succeed U.S. Rep. Dan Boren, D-Muskogee, who is not seeking re-election. The 2nd Congressional District GOP and Democratic nominees will be joined by an independent in the Nov. 6 general election.

In the 1st Congressional District, U.S. Rep. John Sullivan, R-Tulsa, is being opposed by Jim Bridenstine, R-Tulsa.

There are also dozens of legislative and county primary races.



When to vote

Polls will be open Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

What's ahead

Runoff elections, if necessary, are Aug. 28;

and Nov. 6 is the general election.


For more information, go to the state election board website's at www.elections.ok.gov.

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