Special to The Sun
Registered voters within the City of Edmond’s 31 precincts heavily favored Congressman James Lankford in Tuesday’s statewide primary election for the unexpired term of U.S. Senate.
“The president and the Democrats in the Senate still believe we are not running a big enough deficit to get our economy up,” Lankford said at his Tuesday night watch party at the Oklahoma History Center in Oklahoma City.
“We have got to send a clear signal that it’s not because we’re not spending enough,” Lankford said. “It’s because we are spending too much. It’s too much pressure on the economy. It’s time to get us back on track.”
Lankford’s message resonated well into the heart of his home town of Edmond.
Republicans comprise 33,930 of the 55,968 registered voters within City of Edmond limits, said Bryan Dean, spokesman for the Oklahoma State Election Board. There are 14,154 registered Democrats in Edmond, followed by 7,884 registered Independent voters, Dean said.
Independent voters are not eligible to vote in state primary elections.
Within Edmond’s 31 precincts, Republican votes for Lankford totaled 8,514 votes, while 2,518 Republicans cast their ballots for former House Speaker T.W. Shannon, according to information provided by the Oklahoma County Election Board.
With all 1,956 precincts reporting in the state, Republicans favored Lankford with 152,658 votes, or 57.2 percent, according to the Oklahoma State Election Board. Shannon took in 91,772 votes, or 34.4 percent of ballots cast. These results do not include provisional ballots.
“As we drove into a town, it is incredibly humbling to see our name in someone’s yard,” Lankford said. His campaign has not been about himself or his family, he said.
“That is the reason when you see our logo, and it has the Lankford U.S. Senate — U.S. is intentionally big and bold because its always been about us,” Lankford said. “It’s always been about us.”
Registered Democrats in Edmond voted 1,298 ballots in favor of state Sen. Connie Johnson of Oklahoma City, while her Aug. 26 run-off opponent, Jim Rogers, received 416 votes within Edmond precincts.
Statewide, Johnson had 71,402 votes, or 43.8 percent, to Rogers, who had 57,557 votes, or 35.3 percent, according to the Oklahoma State Election Board.
The total number of Oklahomans who are registered to vote is 1,990,897 as of June 20, Dean said. But it is not possible to quantify the total number of statewide voters during the primary election.
“We have a certain number of people when they fill their ballot out, they may vote in one race but not another,” Dean said. “Or maybe they would have voted for two boxes for superintendent, so that wasn’t counted, but their vote for senator was counted.”
The most ballots cast Tuesday by Democrats was 175,263 for the state superintendent race, Dean said. The unexpired term of the U.S. Senate had the most votes by Republicans, Dean said. There was a total of 266,667 votes cast by both parties in that race, he said.
TO READ a precinct-by-precinct analysis of the 5th District congressional race, see page A5.