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June 27, 2012

Democrats, Republicans to have runoff elections for 2nd Congressional District

TAHLEQUAH — Republican and democratic voters within the 2nd Congressional District will return to the polls in August for a primary runoff election that will decide which of the parties’ candidates will square off in November.

On the republican primary ballot, first-time candidate Markwayne Mullin took the most votes during Tuesday night’s election, garnering 11,980 votes, or 42.48 percent, according to unofficial results. Challenger Dustin Rowe had 2,842 votes (10.08 percent); Dwayne Thompson garnered 895 votes (3.17 percent); George Faught received 6,568 votes (23.29 percent); Wayne Pettigrew took 2,457 votes (8.71 percent); and Dakota Wood had 3,457 votes (12.26 percent).

In Cherokee County alone, Mullin captured the majority of republican votes in the race, with 644 votes, or nearly 45 percent. Rowe had 70 votes (4.88 percent), Thompson had 138 votes (9.62 percent), Faught had 460 votes (32.06 percent), Pettigrew garnered 71 votes (4.95 percent), and Wood had 52 votes (3.62 percent).

Mullin and Faught will face off in the primary runoff election Aug. 28.

On the democratic ticket for the 2nd Congressional District, Cherokee County voters chose Wayne Herriman over Rob Wallace and Earl E. Everett. In this county, Herriman received 1,674 votes, or 45.46 percent, compared to Wallace’s 1,524 votes (41.39 percent) and Everett’s 484 votes (13.15 percent).

But overall in the district, Wallace took the most votes, with 31,406, or about 46 percent, against Herriman and Everett. Herriman garnered 28,392 votes, or 41.63 percent, and Everett had 8,405 votes, or 12.32 percent.

Wallace and Herriman must face each other in a primary runoff Aug. 28. The winner of next November’s general election will replace incumbent Dan Boren, a Democrat who chose not to seek re-election.

State Senate District 3

For the state Senate District 3 seat, republican voters potentially chose Wayne Shaw to appear on the November general election ballot. Shaw received 2,151 votes, or 50.36 percent, among republican voters in the district – only 31 more votes than Cyndi McArtor, who garnered 2,120 votes, or 49.64 percent, according to unofficial results.

In Cherokee County, Shaw received more than 57 percent, or 226 votes, against McArtor’s 168 votes.

If the unofficial results stand, Shaw will appear on next November’s ballot.

Democratic voters in the Senate District 3 area overwhelmingly chose Jim Bynum to appear on November’s ballot against Shaw. Bynum took 4,528 votes, or more than 73 percent, compared to Brian Sitsler’s 1,650 votes. In Cherokee County alone, Bynum garnered 952 votes, or 83.22 percent, against Sitsler’s 192 votes.

The winner of next November’s general election will replace democratic Sen. Jim Wilson, of Tahlequah, who is term-limited.

State House District 14

Democrats Jerry Rains and Bobby Jefferson will face each other in a primary runoff in August to determine who gets to seek District 14’s seat in the state’s House of Representatives next November. Rains captured 1,436 votes, or 41.61 percent, compared to Jefferson’s 1,075 votes (31.15 percent) and Jack A. Reavis’ 940 votes (27.24 percent).

In Cherokee County, democratic voters selected Rains with 144 votes (50.36 percent), compared to Jefferson’s 84 votes (28.67 percent) and Reavis’ 65 votes (22.18 percent). The winner of the Rains-Jefferson primary runoff in August will face Republican Arthur Hulbert in the general election next November.

State House District 86

Republican voters in the State House District 86 overwhelmingly chose Russell Don Turner to face democratic incumbent Will Fourkiller for his seat next November.

Turner garnered 1,081 votes, or 76.99 percent, compared to Honesimo Garcia’s 323 votes, or 23.01 percent. Cherokee County voters gave Turner 121 votes, or 78.72 percent, compared to Garcia’s 39 votes, or 24.38 percent.

Corporation Commission full-term

Cherokee County voters also voted in line with the rest of the state by selecting Bob Anthony to continue in his role in the Corporation Commission. Anthony, statewide, garnered 92,432 votes, or 65.03 percent, compared to challenger Brooks Mitchell’s 49,711 votes, or 34.97 percent.

Cherokee County voters gave Anthony 63.35 percent of the vote, or 859 votes, compared to Mitchell’s 497 votes.

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