July 27th, 2010
09:04 AM ET
8 years ago

Oklahoma voters head to polls Tuesday

(CNN) - Republican and Democratic gubernatorial nomination battles are in the spotlight Tuesday in Oklahoma as the state holds primaries.

Two-term Rep. Mary Fallin is considered the front-runner in the fight for the GOP nomination. The most recent survey indicates the conservative congresswoman holds a large lead over state Sen. Randy Brogdon, businessman and rancher Robert Hubbard, and retired businessman Roger Jackson. Last week Fallin was endorsed by Gov. Jan Brewer of Arizona, who has jumped in notoriety thanks to signing a controversial and tough immigration measure into law earlier this year.

With Fallin running for governor, seven Republicans and two Democrats are making bids for her House seat.

In the Democratic gubernatorial battle, the Tulsa World Oklahoma Poll conducted by SoonerPoll.com indicates that Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson leads Lt. Gov. Jari Askins.

The primary winners will face off in the general election in November, with the gubernatorial winner succeeding Democratic Gov. Brad Henry, who is prevented by term limits for running for re-election for a third term.

Both the Rothenberg Political Report and the Cook Political Report, two of the top non-partisan political handicappers, say the Republicans are favored to pick up the governor's seat in a state that Sen. John McCain won by 32 points over Sen. Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election.

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- CNN Congressional Producer Deirdre Walsh contributed to this report

Filed under: 2010 • Oklahoma
soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    The next time I drive through Oklahoma, I am going to stop at Sen. Inhoufe's Museum of Global Cooling.

    July 27, 2010 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  2. doug

    Oklahoma is our nations best state, every County is red!

    That means that you can drive on the roads without being killed by a narcisisst lib who gets a thrill from being reckless and having a total disregard for human life.

    You can leave your doors unlocked at night, no libs no crime.

    July 27, 2010 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  3. So glad to be gone

    I have lived in several states, including a three-year stint in OK and I have never been so happy to leave a state as I was happy to leave OK. The state is a mess with the worst roads I have experienced as well as massive petty crime (people stealing everything that isn't nailed down) and very poor education (all the professionals at my husband's job had their children in private school). They are stupidly fixated on extreme conservatism (hate for homosexuals, aversion to paying their taxes, xenophobia, intolerance for other religions, denial of science such as climate change and evolution) and pay little to no attention to fixing their state's problems and educating the children so they can do better - but that is a red state for you. OK is one of the reddest and it definitely shows. Our family will never go back as we do not want our children to grow up surrounded by that type of environment.

    July 27, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  4. Kate

    Get that vote out so the Dems slither down the tubes! Gov. Jan Brewer, if ever you want to move Chicago needs a Governor!

    July 27, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  5. scott

    the last rasmussen poll got the leading republican up by 8 over the leading dem so its not over yet.current dem governor brad henry won n a upset 8 years ago

    July 27, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |