Pontotoc County residents cast their ballots for the primary election yesterday along with other residents in Oklahoma.
Justin Roberts won the District 3 county commissioner race with 44.08 percent of the votes, while Gene Pete Durant took 38.31 percent and Victor Bolen took 17.61 percent. Since all three were Democratic candidates and none took 51 percent of the votes, there will be a run-off between Durant and Roberts.
Ada resident Susan Paddack fared well in the Democratic primary to become superintendent of public instruction, drawing 73.35 percent of the votes in Oklahoma and 88.55 percent of the votes in her home county of Pontotoc. She will face Republican primary winner Janet Barresi and another Ada resident, Independent Richard Cooper, in the general election in November.
Republican candidate for governor will be Mary Fallin, who will face Democratic candidate Jari Askins. Pontotoc County voters chose Edmondson in the gubernatorial Democratic primary—the only race in which the county’s votes didn’t reflect the state’s results.
Incumbent United States Senator Tom Coburn won the Republican primary and will be running against Democrat Jim Rogers, as well as Independents Stephen P. Wallace and Ronald F. Dwyer.
United States Representative Tom Cole took 78.95 percent of the votes against District 4 primary opponent R.J. Harris.
Todd Lamb won the Republican primary for lieutenant governor. He will face Democrat Kenneth Corn and Independent Richard Prawdzienski in November’s general election.
Gary Jones won the Republican primary for state auditor and inspector and will run against Democrat Steve Burrage in the general election.
Scott Pruitt, attorney general Republican nominee, will run against Democrat Jim Priest.
Republican nominee for state treasurer, Ken Miller, will face Democrat Stephen E. Covert.
Mark Costello, Republican nominee for commissioner of labor, will run against Democrat Lloyd L. Fields.
Insurance commissioner Republican nominee John P. Crawford will be running against Democrat Kim Holland.
Republican Dana Murphy will be corporation commissioner.