Saturday, August 30, 2014

Comparing Oklahoma's General Election Candidates on Facebook

Back in 2009, I did a post that attracted a lot of attention about how many Facebook fans Oklahoma politicians/candidates had. I didn't have time to do a similar one before the primary, but here are the statewide general election matchups (post-runoff). Red is for Republicans, Blue is for Democrats, and Gray is for Independent candidates.

U.S. Senate - full term
Jim Inhofe: 36,242
Matt Silverstein: 16,194
Aaron DeLozier: N/A
Joan Farr: N/A
Ray Woods: N/A
U.S. Senate - partial term
James Lankford: 38,863
Connie Johnson: 4,778
Mark Beard: N/A
U.S. House - District 2
Markwayne Mullin: 7,194
Earl Everett: N/A
Jon Douthitt: N/A
U.S. House - District 3
Frank Lucas: 40,116
Frankie Robbins: N/A
U.S. House - District 4
Tom Cole: 9,265
Bert Smith: N/A
Dennis Johnson: N/A
U.S. House - District 5
Al McAffrey: 5,475
Steve Russell: 2,418
Robert Murphy: 17
Tom Boggs: N/A
Buddy Ray: N/A
Governor
Mary Fallin: 35,872
Joe Dorman: 13,445
Richard Prawdzienski: 751
Joe Sills: N/A
Kimberly Willis: N/A
Lieutenant Governor
Todd Lamb: 524
Cathy Cummings: N/A
Superintendent of Public Instruction
Joy Hofmeister: 11,662
John Cox: 4,969
Labor Commissioner
Mark Costello: 4,958
Mike Workman: 580

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Election Results Maps: Democrat Senate, Superintendent runoffs

Another statewide election day has passed, and another set of my Election Results Maps has been produced. Since the Republicans had no statewide races go to a runoff, these maps are of the two Democrat races. As always, the colors have more to do with the candidate's dominant sign/logo color than with ideology.

First up, the Senate runoff between uber-liberal state senator Connie Johnson and sometimes-successful perennial candidate Jim Rogers.

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As with the primary, Johnson basically only won because she rolled up big margins in the OKC and Tulsa metros. Otherwise, Rogers performed very well in the rural areas. Johnson did make more inroads than in the primary, as evidenced when you compare this map to the primary election map.

Contrary to what ODP Chairman Wallace Collins recently told the press, however, James Lankford won't have any problem trouncing Johnson.

Next, the State Superintendent race.

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Cox obliterated Deskin in this runoff. I had to add an additional color to add intensity to this particular map. In Adair County, Cox took 90.3% of the vote -- his highest county, and one of the highest percentages I've seen in my map-making "career". For comparison, here is the primary election map. Deskin led in 17 counties in the primary, but only won three in the runoff.

This race will hold the Democrats' best chance of victory in November. Joy Hofmeister, the Republican nominee, may have her hands full with John Cox.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Runoff election: winners and losers

Here are the results from the state and federal runoff races that took place today. Winners are in bold, percentages are from tonight's results, and candidates are listed in order of how they finished in the primary. At a later point, I hope to do some maps on the Democrats' two statewide runoff races.

REPUBLICANS

U.S. House District 5: Steve Russell (59.3%) vs. Patrice Douglas (40.7%)
State Senate District 22: Stephanie Bice (53.1%) vs. Mark Thomas (46.9%)
State Senate District 40: Ervin Yen (65.2%) vs. Steve Kern (34.8%)
State House District 29: James Leewright (51.9%) vs. Dani Thompson-Fields (48.1%)
State House District 38: John Pfeiffer (63.4%) vs. Harold LeValley (36.6%)
State House District 43: John Paul Jordan (68.9%) vs. Jonathan Clour (31.1%)
State House District 61: Casey Murdock (59.5%) vs. Kenny Bob Tapp (40.5%)
State House District 65: Scott Hayes (46.3%) vs. Scooter Park (53.7%)
State House District 69: Melissa Abdo (47.7%) vs. Chuck Strohm (52.3%)
Tulsa County DA: Steve Kunzweiler (55.8%) vs. Fred Jordan (44.2%)

DEMOCRATS

State Superintendent: John Cox (62.9%) vs. Freda Deskin (37.1%)
U.S. Senate (unexpired term): Connie Johnson (58.0%) vs. Jim Rogers (42.0%)
U.S. House District 5: Tom Guild (45.8%) vs. Al McAffrey (54.2%)
State Senate District 8: Selina Jayne-Dornan (59.4%) vs. Gary Clason (40.6%)
State House District 88: Jason Dunnington (50.6%) vs. Paula Sophia (49.4%)
State House District 89: Mary Sosa (39.3%) vs. Shane Stone (60.7%)
State House District 99: George Young (59.3%) vs. Eleanor Darden Thompson (40.7%)
Muskogee County DA: Orvil Loge (53.2%) vs. Larry Moore (46.8%)

Runoff Election Races

Today is the runoff election for those multi-candidate races that were not decided in the June 24th primary. Here are the main runoff races on the ballot across the state, with the percentages the candidates received on June 24th:

REPUBLICANS

U.S. House District 5: Steve Russell (26.6%) vs. Patrice Douglas (24.5%)
State Senate District 22: Stephanie Bice (37.2%) vs. Mark Thomas (33.2%)
State Senate District 40: Ervin Yen (39.1%) vs. Steve Kern (19.9%)
State House District 29: James Leewright (37.9%) vs. Dani Thompson-Fields (31.4%)
State House District 38: John Pfeiffer (34.2%) vs. Harold LeValley (22.2%)
State House District 43: John Paul Jordan (41.7%) vs. Jonathan Clour (28.9%)
State House District 61: Casey Murdock (35.9%) vs. Kenny Bob Tapp (24.6%)
State House District 65: Scott Hayes (32.4%) vs. Scooter Park (27.2%)
State House District 69: Melissa Abdo (45.7%) vs. Chuck Strohm (30.8%)
Tulsa County DA: Steve Kunzweiler (46.8%) vs. Fred Jordan (39.7%)

DEMOCRATS

State Superintendent: John Cox (41%) vs. Freda Deskin (38.2%)
U.S. Senate (unexpired term): Connie Johnson (43.8%) vs. Jim Rogers (35.3%)
U.S. House District 5: Tom Guild (42.1%) vs. Al McAffrey (30.9%)
State Senate District 8: Selina Jayne-Dornan (40.7%) vs. Gary Clason (31.4%)
State House District 88: Jason Dunnington (40.4%) vs. Paula Sophia (23.7%)
State House District 89: Mary Sosa (42.9%) vs. Shane Stone (32%)
State House District 99: George Young (43.1%) vs. Eleanor Darden Thompson (31.3%)
Muskogee County DA: Orvil Loge (48%) vs. Larry Moore (43.6%)


The big race on the Republican side is the 5th Congressional District matchup, while the Democrats main race (and best chance in November) is the State Superintendent runoff.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Lt. Gov. Lamb to speak Thursday night at Muskogee GOP meeting


The Muskogee County Republicans & Conservatives Club will be holding their August meeting on Thursday, August 21st in the Muskogee Public Library's Grant Foreman meeting room starting at 7:00pm. Guest speaker for this event will be Lieutenant Governor Todd Lamb. Lamb was a Special Agent in the U.S. Secret Service from 1998-2002, served as an Oklahoma State Senator from 2004-2010, and is now running for his second term as Lieutenant Governor.

Come learn more about Todd's vision for Oklahoma, and visit with local Republicans and conservatives.

WHAT: Muskogee County Republicans & Conservatives Club
WHEN: Thursday, August 21st, 7pm
WHERE: Muskogee Public Library, Grant Foreman Room
WHO: Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb, guest speaker

Friday, August 15, 2014

Bridenstine endorses Russell in CD5 runoff


Congressman Bridenstine Endorses Steve Russell

[August 15th, 2014] Lt. Col. (Ret.) Steve Russell, GOP Candidate for Oklahoma's 5th Congressional District, is proud to announce the endorsement of Oklahoma's First District Congressman, Jim Bridenstine.

"I am honored to endorse fellow combat veteran Steve Russell for Oklahoma's 5th Congressional District," says Bridenstine. "I believe military experience is badly needed in Congress, and LTC Russell understands firsthand the sacrifice required to defend the Constitution."

Steve Russell says he is honored by the endorsement because Congressman Bridenstine understands the crisis America faces.

"With our declining veteran population in Congress, we need experienced warriors to help guide the country and defend our constitutional liberties. I'm looking forward to fighting for Oklahomans right alongside Iraq and Afghanistan combat veteran Jim Bridenstine."

Congressman Bridenstine hopes voters will make the right decision by sending Lt. Col. Steve Russell to Congress.

Decorated for valor in battle, award-winning conservative lawmaker, acclaimed author, and owner of a rifle manufacturing business, Steve Russell brings the skills we rarely see these days. That is why 5th District voters are working hard to send this constitutional conservative warrior to Washington.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Pruitt to moderate OKGOP's CD5 Runoff Debate


The Oklahoma Republican Party will be hosting a debate between 5th Congressional District runoff candidates Steve Russell and Patrice Douglas on Thursday, August 21st. The moderator will be Attorney General Scott Pruitt.

The debate will start at 7:00pm, and will be held at the MetroTech campus in Oklahoma City (1900 Springlake Drive, Oklahoma City, OK). For more information, call the OKGOP at 405-528-3501.

Russell, a former state senator and retired Army Lt. Colonel, came in first in the June 24th primary election with 26.6%, while Douglas (incumbent Corporation Commissioner) took second with 24.5% of the vote.

The runoff election is August 26th.