State Senator Stephanie Bice advances to face Congresswoman Kendra Horn, Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum avoids predicted runoff, three incumbent state Senators lose and Oklahoma County may have its first Black sheriff.
BICE ADVANCES TO FACE HORN
Republican State Senator Stephanie Bice will face Democratic Incumbent Kendra Horn within the race for Congressional District 5, which incorporates parts of Oklahoma, Pottawatomie and Seminole Counties.
In a heated and damaging race with quite a few out-of-state expenditures by political motion committees resembling Membership for Progress, the 46-year-old Bice narrowly received the race in opposition to Neese with practically 53% of the vote. Neese, who instantly tied her marketing campaign with loyalty to President Donald Trump, obtained essentially the most votes in June’s major however didn’t get greater than 50%.
Bice has been often called a average Republican state senator who helped set up round points together with modernizing the state’s alcohol legal guidelines.
Horn, a average Democrat, narrowly defeated Republican incumbent Steve Russell in 2018. She grew to become recognized for her means to construct coalitions and her grassroots marketing campaign. In 2020, the seat has been focused nationally as a kind of almost definitely for Republicans to flip of their favor.
TULSA MAYOR WINS SECOND TERM, AVOIDS RUNOFF
Incumbent G.T. Bynum received a second time period after drawing numerous challengers following missteps main as much as the election. He drew criticism for not pushing again in opposition to the indoor rally President Donald Trump held at the BOK Center on June 20. Native and nationwide well being officers mentioned the occasion could be a ‘tremendous spreader’ for the COVID-19 virus, however Bynum allowed it to proceed despite their recommendation.
That rally coincided with the Tulsa Juneteenth Celebration, one of many largest within the nation, and got here on the heels of the 99th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Bloodbath. In a televised interview with CBS News, Bynum was requested concerning the 2016 taking pictures demise of Terrence Crutcher, an unarmed black man, by the hands of Tulsa County Deputy Betty Shelby. When requested what position race performed in Crutcher’s demise, Bynum responded that medication possible performed extra of a task than race. That drew criticism from Crutcher’s sister who moved to Tulsa after his demise to assist set up the neighborhood round racial therapeutic. That response inspired Greg Robinson II, a neighborhood organizer and former marketing campaign organizer for Barack Obama, to run.
Robinson was extensively seen as the one challenger to Bynum who had the potential to power the non-partisan race right into a runoff. He garnered 28.82% of the vote. Bynum needed to win not less than 50% to keep away from the runoff. He obtained 51.86% of the 70,745 votes solid in Tuesday’s mayoral election.
TWO INCUMBENT SHERIFFS GO DOWN
Oklahoma County may have its first Black sheriff following the November 2020 Normal Election. Republican challenger Tommie Johnson defeated incumbent P.D. Taylor within the runoff with 60.22% % of the vote.
Taylor was elected to be sheriff in 2017 after his predecessor John Whetsel resigned beneath suspected monetary malpractice.
Johnson is an Oklahoma Metropolis native who’s operating on a platform of safer communities, fiscal accountability and partnerships. He additionally says he needs to concentrate on modernizing the sheriff’s workplace to enhance relationships with the troubled Oklahoma County Jail and varied constituencies. Former Republican Congressman Steve Russell and former Governor Frank Keating endorsed Johnson within the runoff.
Johnson will face Wayland Cubit, a Democrat, who’s employed by the Oklahoma Metropolis Police Division. Throughout his profession, he has centered on neighborhood and youth outreach in an effort to scale back interactions with regulation enforcement. In his platform, he says he’s operating to create options that can enable folks, irrespective of their race, to thrive in Oklahoma County.
Each Johnson and Cubit are Black and one will take command at a time when policing of minority communities is beneath intense scrutiny.
In Payne County, Incumbent Sheriff Kevin Woodward misplaced to Joe Harper. No Democrat filed within the race, so Harper will turn into the brand new sheriff. Woodward was beforehand the Logan County sheriff, however this was his first run in Payne County as he was appointed to the workplace in 2019 when R.B. Hauf retired. Harper lives in Glencoe and is a deputy within the Payne County sheriff’s workplace. He grew to become recognized domestically throughout the race for what he known as trustworthy speak and for his distinctive mustache and cowboy hat. Harper obtained 56.04% of the vote to Woodward’s 43.96%.
THREE INCUMBENT STATE SENATORS LOSE
The entire incumbent state senators operating for reelection in Tuesday’s runoff had been defeated.
Within the southeast Oklahoma space often called Little Dixie, Larry Boggs grew to become the primary Republican in many years to win Senate District 7, a seat regarded as a stronghold for Democrats. It was lengthy held by Gene Stipe. Boggs was defeated Tuesday by Warren Hamilton, an much more conservative Republican, who ran as an abortion abolitionist. The race was heated, and at a latest occasion, it was reported that an argument between the 2 candidates practically rose to the extent of turning into a bodily battle. Hamilton now faces Jerry Donathan, who received the Democratic major in June.
Simply east of Oklahoma Metropolis, incumbent Ron Sharp was defeated by former Republican State Consultant Shane Jett within the Republican runoff for Senate District 17. Sharp, a former public faculty instructor, is extensively recognized for his public criticism of Epic Constitution Faculties. He demanded further accountability for the state funds granted to Epic by the varsity funding components. Directors of the varsity sued Sharp for slander, however an Oklahoma County district decide recently ruled against them and levied a $500,000 advantageous in opposition to the varsity for submitting the lawsuit. Jett, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, has been working for the Citizen Potawatomi Nation since an unsuccessful bid for Congressional District 5 in 2010. He was fired from that job in late July and later filed an emergency injunction in opposition to Chairman John ‘Rocky’ Barrett. Within the lawsuit, Jett claimed Barrett fired him for talking out in opposition to the Citizen Potawatomi Nation’s masks ordinances surrounding COVID-19. Jett advances to the November Normal Election, the place he’ll face Libertarian Greg Sadler. No Democrat filed within the race.
In Senate District 43, which covers parts of Grady, McClain, Stephens and Garvin counties in south central Oklahoma, Republican incumbent Paul Scott missed profitable the June major by zero.1 % of the vote. On Tuesday, he misplaced to challenger Jessica Garvin by practically 300 votes. The race turned negative when Scott known as Garvin a ‘liberal political insider’ and created an internet site to ‘inform the reality about her’. Garvin advances to face Democrat Terri Reimer within the common election. The three incumbent state senators who misplaced Tuesday be part of Republican Wayne Shaw who misplaced his bid for reelection when he was defeated within the June major.
In southeast Oklahoma’s Senate District 5, George Burns received the Republican runoff by solely 22 votes over Justin Jackson. The seat was left vacant after Joseph Silk determined to problem Markwayne Mullin in Oklahoma’s 2nd Congressional District. Burns will face Democrat Randy Coleman in November.
In northeast Oklahoma’s Senate District 35, Cheryl Baber superior with 53% of the vote over Kyden Creekpaum. Baber had been endorsed by Gary Stanislawski, who termed out this 12 months. Baber will face Democrat Jo Anna Dossett in November.
In northeastern Oklahoma’s Home District 71, Mike Masters captured 61% of the vote over Beverly Atteberry. Masters will face incumbent Democrat Denise Brewer in November. In northeastern Oklahoma’s Home District 79, Margie Alfonso received 59% of the vote over Clay Iiams. Alfonso will face incumbent Democrat Melissa Provenzano in November.
With no candidates from different events awaiting, Preston Stinson will turn into the brand new state consultant in central Oklahoma’s Home District 96. He beat Margaret Finest on Tuesday with practically 60% of the vote. The seat had been held by Republican Lewis Moore since 2009, however he grew to become time period restricted in 2020.
NORMAN SAYS NO, NO, NO, NO
Voters in Norman rejected 4 separate common obligation bonds, known as GO Norman 2020.
At a mixed price of about $120 million, the bond propositions had been geared toward ending the remaining Norman FORWARD initiatives, addressing homelessness within the metropolis, renovating and increasing municipal services and growing a reduction program for small companies affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
If the 4 bonds had been permitted, the common Norman home-owner would have paid about $14 a month to fund them.
Voters in 50 of Oklahoma’s 77 counties head to the polls right this moment for the August 25th major runoff and particular election to resolve Republican nominees in a Congressional race and in state lawmaker races, in addition to the Tulsa mayoral races and county sheriff runoffs.
CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 5
One of many primary races tonight is who would be the Republican challenger in November in opposition to Democratic U.S. Consultant Kendra Horn of Congressional District 5.
Businesswoman Terry Neese and State Senator Stephanie Bice each earned greater than 1 / 4 of the vote within the June primaries in a race that had 9 candidates. Though Neese had greater than a 11% edge on Bice, neither candidate earned the required 50% to keep away from a runoff.
This district has been focused by Republicans in 2020. Horn received in opposition to incumbent Republican Steve Russell in 2018 by a skinny margin. Simply two years prior, the district voted for President Donald Trump by a margin of about 13 factors.
TULSA MAYORAL RACE
Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum is operating for re-election in opposition to a crowded discipline of candidates. Bynum has confronted blowback over comments made about the death of Terence Crutcher and over hosting President Donald Trump’s rally during the pandemic.
Neighborhood organizer Greg Robinson II is seen as Bynum’s greatest challenger. With six active candidates, the race will possible be headed to a runoff election.
OKLAHOMA COUNTY SHERIFF
Oklahoma County will probably be deciding on the Republican nominee for County Sheriff. The race is between incumbent P.D. Taylor and challenger Tommie Johnson. The choice will resolve who will go up in opposition to Democrat Wayland Cubit in November.
The counties of Cleveland, Delaware, Garfield, Latimer, LeFlore, Muskogee, Payne and Washington even have Republican runoff elections for County Sheriff.
There are eight Republican runoffs within the state legislature:
- Senate District 5 (open seat): George Burns versus Justin Jackson
- Senate District 7: incumbent Larry Boggs versus challenger Warren Hamilton
- Senate District 17: incumbent Ron Sharp versus challenger Shane Jett
- Senate District 35 (open seat): Kyden Creekpaum versus Cheryl Baber
- Senate District 43: incumbent Paul Scott versus challenger Jessica Garvin
- Home District 71: Mike Masters versus Beverly Atteberry
- Home District 79: Clay Iiams versus Margie Alfonso
- Home District 96 (open seat): Preston Stinson versus Margaret Finest
Norman residents will vote on four separate general obligation bonds, known as GO Norman 2020, which encompass initiatives with a mixed price of about $120 million.
The bond propositions intention to complete the remaining Norman FORWARD initiatives, deal with homelessness within the metropolis, renovate and broaden municipal services and develop a reduction program for small companies affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
VOTING IN A PANDEMIC
The Oklahoma State Election Board has developed COVID-19 safety protocols at polling places for right this moment’s major runoff and native or county elections.
Ballot employees at county election boards and polling locations have been provided with private protecting gear resembling hand sanitizer, gloves, masks and disinfectant. Security protocols will embrace inserting voting cubicles six toes aside and disinfecting voting gear.
Voters are requested to observe signage and procedures. State election officers additionally strongly advocate voters put on a masks or face masking.
Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The State Election Board suggests voters verify their polling place since some areas have modified as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.
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