The Edmond Sun

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June 27, 2012

Voter turnout hit 20% statewide

EDMOND — Edmond voters gave state Sen. Clark Jolley an overwhelming victory Tuesday in his re-election bid for state Sen. District 41, according to information provided by the Oklahoma County Election Board.

Jolley bested his fellow Edmond resident, Paul Blair, by more than 1,000 hometown votes in the district’s 22 Edmond precincts, according to election board statistics. The specific City of Edmond vote count in the city’s 22 District 41 precincts totaled 3,793 for Jolley and 2,707 votes for Blair, according to the election board.

Jolley will face Independent candidate 64-year-old Richard Prawdzienski, also of Edmond, in the Nov. 6 general election.

Current incumbents in Edmond saw re-election Tuesday night because people feel that Oklahoma is moving in a good direction, Gov. Mary Fallin told The Edmond Sun.

“I certainly think Edmond is doing extremely well,” Fallin said.

Edmond voters saw Jolley and District 39 State Rep. Marian Cooksey work hard to help make Oklahoma more business friendly, Fallin said. Voters saw incumbents improve the economy, focus on government reform and an educated workforce, Fallin added.

“Those who focused on those issues were re-elected because of their track record and about how people feel about the current state of Oklahoma,” Fallin said.

Total District 41 numbers totaled 4,379 votes for Jolley in the 29 district precincts, 56.6 percent of the count, according to the Oklahoma State Election Board. Blair received 3,358 votes, or 43.40 percent of the ballot.

Jolley, 41, also swept all but one of Edmond’s  precincts. Blair, 49, picked up a 1-0 vote margin at the Calvary Temple, 1801 S. Kelly, statistics show. Blair also picked up the Arcadia vote by a 41-62 percent margin, according to election board figures.

There were 7,629 Republican votes cast in Edmond’s 30 precincts, according to election results. A total of 33,629 eligible Republican voters live in Edmond precincts, said Doug Sanderson, Oklahoma County Election Board secretary.

Statewide, there were 167,418 ballots cast, Sanderson said. The voting count was low due to the few number of Democrats on the ballot, Sanderson said. The statewide Republican voter registration totaled 828,257 as of Jan. 15. So the statewide Republican voter turnout was about 20 percent, Sanderson said.

Only Republicans voted in a primary election without Democrats candidates.

“We’ve got a lot of good people who care about the future of Oklahoma,” Fallin said. “Being willing to step up and run is never easy for any office.”

Cooksey was re-elected to state House District 39 without a Democrat to challenge her in the general election.

With all of the 13 precincts reporting, Cooksey received 1,703 votes, 54.44 percent of ballots cast in Tuesday’s Republican primary election, according to the Oklahoma State Election Board. Her opponent, Bob Dani, received 1,425 votes, 45.56 percent of the ballot.

Cooksey won all but three of the 13 precincts and tied Dani in one precinct, according to the election board.

In the race for Oklahoma County court clerk, Deputy Court Clerk Tim Rhodes finished with 10,480 votes, 39.78 percent of the total 26,345 votes cast, while Charles Key finished second with 9,485 votes, 36 percent of the count.

Because no candidate in the race received more than 50 percent of the vote, Rhodes and Key will face each other in an Aug. 28 runoff primary election.

Nathan Schlinke, 38, of Edmond, received 3,435 votes, 13.04 percent of the tally. Salome Vaughn, 57, of Edmond, received 1,226 votes, 4.65 percent of the total.

Oklahoma City attorney Kelly Barlean, 51, received 1,719 votes, 6.52 percent of the total in a suspended campaign.

With all of the 1,960 precincts reporting, Corporation Commissioner Bob Anthony, 64, of Oklahoma City, had 108,565 votes, 64.85 percent of the total 155,440 votes cast while Brooks Mitchell, 51, of Oklahoma City, had 58,854 votes, 35.15 percent of the total.

Anthony won in each of Edmond’s 30 precincts with 4,951 votes. Edmond votes for Mitchell totaled 2,678, according to the election board. | 341-2121, ext. 114

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