Voters in Oklahoma went to the polls yesterday to cast ballots in runoff races across the state.
On the ballot were State Officers for Superintendent of Public Instruction, John Cox and Freda Deskin. In Jackson County, Cox received 121 votes, or 54% of the votes; and Deskin received 103 votes, or 46% of the votes. Statewide, Cox received 63 percent, or 60,337 votes, while Deskin received 37 percent, or 35,607 votes. Cox will face Joy Hofmeister in the November election.
For Congressional Officers for U.S. Senator unexpired term, Connie Johnson and Jim Rogers, Johnson received 123 votes, or 56.2% of the votes in Jackson County; with Rogers receiving 96 votes, or 43.8% of the county votes. Johnson will face James Lankford in November as they look to take Tom Coburn’s unexpired Senate seat.
Johnson, of Oklahoma City, beat perennial candidate Jim Rogers of Midwest City in a race in which she campaigned on several social and civil liberties issues, including the legalization of marijuana and reform of Oklahoma’s criminal justice system.
Johnson has said the state’s economy is struggling and never fully regained its footing after the recession. She suggested putting people back to work rebuilding Oklahoma’s — and the nation’s — deteriorating infrastructure and crumbling roads and bridges.
Phil Defree, 64, a retired civil servant, voted for Johnson and said he would vote for Democrats in the fall. Still, he wasn’t optimistic that a Democrat could pick up a seat in a state where President Barack Obama failed to win any of 77 counties in 2008 or 2012.
“Oh no! Not in Oklahoma. I’m a realist,” he said.
The U.S. Senate seat came open when GOP incumbent Tom Coburn said he would not complete a term set to expire in 2016.
Lankford, who has represented central Oklahoma’s 5th Congressional District for four years, gave up the seat and won the Republican nomination in a special U.S. Senate primary election on June 24. Independent candidate Mark Beard is also seeking the seat in the general election.
Greer County’s incumbent District 1 Commissioner Brent York received 178 votes in the Democratic primary runoff over challenger Bobby Giddens who recieved 110 votes. York will keep the seat for another term becuase there are no candidates for that seat in the Republican party primary.