How Oklahomans Voted
KSCB News - November 5, 2014 10:25 am
Republican U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe has defeated a Democratic challenger and three independents, securing another six-year term in office.
The 79-year-old Inhofe is Oklahoma’s senior U.S. senator. He first won the seat in a special election 20 years ago.
Inhofe is positioned to become the chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee.
Republican James Lankford has won election to the open U.S. Senate seat in Oklahoma being vacated by Doctor Tom Coburn.
A two-term congressman from Edmond, Lankford topped Democrat Connie Johnson and independent Mark Beard in the race to fill the seat for the final two years of Coburn’s term. Lankford will have to run again in 2016 for a full six-year term.
Republican Congressman Frank Lucas has won re-election to an 11th term in Congress.
Lucas defeated Democrat Frankie Robbins in Tuesday’s election after easily dispatching two GOP challengers in the June primary.
Lucas is chairman of the powerful House Agricultural Committee. He has said he takes no race for granted, despite being heavily favored for re-election. He also has said he’s "very focused" on the 3rd District that includes much of the northwestern half of Oklahoma.
Mary Fallin has won her second four-year term as Governor of Oklahoma after defeating Democratic challenger Joe Dorman.
Fallin received 56 percent of the vote, defeating Dorman who received 41 percent.
This will be Fallin’s second, four-year term in office following a two-decade career in politics that included stints in the Oklahoma House, as lieutenant governor and two terms in Congress.
Republican Lieutenant Governor Todd Lamb has won a second four-year term as the state’s second-in-charge.
Lamb defeated Democrat Cathy Cummings in Tuesday’s election.
Former state Board of Education member Joy Hofmeister has become only the second Republican since statehood to be elected as Oklahoma’s top schools chief.
Hofmeister defeated Democrat John Cox on Tuesday.
Oklahoma voters have passed a measure expanding a property tax exemption to surviving spouses of military personnel killed in the line of duty.
The measure allows the surviving spouse of a military member killed in the line of duty 100 percent exemption for the fair cash value of the homestead until the surviving spouse remarried.