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June 24, 2014

Primary night yields surprising results

CHICKASHA —

GOP nomination for District 65 seat will go to runoff

The Republican choice to fill the District 65 State Representative seat will have to wait another month.

A runoff will need to be held to decide between Scott Hayes and Scooter Park, neither of whom could get a majority between four candidates in the Tuesday primary. Park held the early lead before Hayes came back to hold the largest amount of votes at 587, 32.3 percent. 

Park garnered 496 votes, with Renae Sexton close behind on 440.

The runoff election will take place Aug. 26.

Park, whose campaign slogan is "The voice for rural Oklahoma," is a farmer and rancher. His campaign was based on more state control for Oklahoma education, building job opportunities and supporting farming and ranching.

Hayes, an educator from Elgin, based his campaign on maintaining freedoms that "have never been more threatened by our own government than they are right now." He also feels strongly about local control for education.

Either will face Democrat Toni Hasenbeck, an educator, business owner and lifetime livestock producer from Elgin, in the November election.

Lankford dominates controversial race

James Lankford took the lead in the U.S. Senator Unexpired Term on the Republican side at 56.4 percent and 108,433 votes at the time of this report (9:21 p.m.).

His race was called earlier in the evening.  

It might have come as a surprise to those watching the polls that there will be no runoff between Lankford and T.W. Shannon, who came in at 35.5 percent with 57,451 votes. 

Lankford and Shannon have been aggressively campaigning, engaging in negative advertising against each other. 

Randy Brogdon at 4.4 percent with 7,170 votes, USAO Professor Kevin Crow at 1.2 percent and 2,185 votes, Andy Craig at 1.0 percent and 1,922 votes, Eric C. McCray at 0.9 percent and 1,781 votes and Jason Weger at 0.7 percent and 1,382 votes. 

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