By ROBERT PIERCE
• Leader & Times
Some local races were tight, while still others looked to have a clear winner in a primary Tuesday in Oklahoma.
In Texas County, the Republican primary race for county assessor was decided by less than 4 percent, with Judyth Campbell getting nearly 52 percent of the vote.
The Texas County Commission District No. 1 race, however, had no such issues. Ted Keeling got 59 percent of the vote, and his nearest challenger, Robert Paden, received 27 percent.
In Beaver County, the county treasurer vote had similar results, with Albert Rodriguez getting almost 68 percent of the ballots cast in his favor.
Beaver County’s Commission District No. 3 race will likely see a runoff, though. Frank King got the most votes with about 48 percent, finishing just ahead of Robert Marshall with 42 percent.
There was little drama in many state races Tuesday as Oklahomans went to the polls to vote in the primary.
Gov. Mary Fallin took home 75 percent of the vote in that race, easily outdistancing her nearest opponent.
The superintendent of public instruction and insurance commissioner races saw similar results. John Doak was the top Republican vote getter in the insurance commissioner race, with 77 percent in his favor. Joy Hofmeister got 57 percent of the vote in the Republican superintendent of public instruction race, but both of her competitors only received 21 percent of the vote.
The Democratic primary race for superintendent of public instruction will likely go to a runoff, though. John Cox got 41 percent of the vote, while 38 percent went to challenger Freda Deskin.
In Democratic primaries, two of the three U.S. representative contests were runaways, while the third will likely result in a runoff. In District 5, Tom Guild got the top amount of votes with 42 percent, and both of his challengers got more than 25 percent of the remaining votes.
In the state’s U.S. Senate races, a total of seven candidates competed for an unexpired term in a Republican primary. Despite the long list of challengers, James Lankford took home the top prize with 57 percent of the vote.
Incumbent Jim Inhofe easily won the other Senate race, collecting 87 percent of the vote. In a Republican race, Frank Lucas also collected more than 80 percent of the vote for U.S. Representative District 3, which includes Texas and Beaver counties.
Oklahoma’s State Representative District No. 61 will likely see a runoff also. A total of 36 percent of the ballots were cast in favor of Casey Murdock, with competitor Kenny Bob Tapp getting nearly 25 percent of the vote.
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