A general election was held in the U.S. state of Oklahoma on November 4, 2014. All of Oklahoma's executive officers were up for election, as well as the state's five seats in the United States House of Representatives and both of the state's United States Senate seats. Primary elections were held on June 24, 2014, and primary runoffs were held on August 26, 2014.[1]

2014 Oklahoma elections

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Governor

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Incumbent Republican governor Mary Fallin ran for re-election to a second term in office.[2] She was challenged in the primary by Dax Ewbank[3] and attorney Chad Moody.[4]

State Representative Joe Dorman ran as a Democrat[5] and Independents Richard Prawdzienski, the former chair of the Libertarian Party of Oklahoma and candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma in 2010[6] and Kimberly Willis[3] also ran.

Lieutenant governor

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In Oklahoma, the governor and lieutenant governor are elected separately. Incumbent Republican lieutenant governor Todd Lamb ran for re-election to a second term in office.[3] He ran against Democratic businesswoman Cathy Cummings.[7]

Attorney general

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Incumbent Republican attorney general Scott Pruitt ran unopposed for re-election to a second term in office.[3]

Treasurer

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Incumbent Republican state treasurer Ken A. Miller ran unopposed for re-election to a second term in office.[3]

State auditor and inspector

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Incumbent Republican state auditor and inspector Gary Jones ran unopposed for re-election to a second term in office.[3]

Superintendent of public instruction

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Incumbent Republican superintendent of public instruction Janet Barresi ran for re-election to a second term in office.[8]

Republican primary

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Candidates

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Barresi's first term was seen as controversial[8][9][10] and she was challenged in the Republican primary by businesswoman, former public school teacher and former State Board of Education member Joy Hofmeister[11] and educator and candidate for superintendent in 2010 Brian S. Kelly.[12]

Polling

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Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Janet
Barresi
Joy
Hofmeister
Brian S.
Kelly
Other Undecided
SoonerPoll June 19–21, 2014 840 ± 3.38% 19.5% 41.7% 14.1% 24.7%
SoonerPoll May 5–10, 2014 580 ± 4.07% 16.4% 17.1% 14.3% 52.1%

Results

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Republican primary results[13]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Joy Hofmeister 151,124 57.63
Republican Brian S. Kelly 56,060 21.38
Republican Janet Barresi 55,048 20.99
Total votes 262,232 100

Democratic primary

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Candidates

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Four Democrats ran in the primary: Superintendent of Peggs School District in Cherokee County John Cox,[14] founder of the ASTEC Charter Schools System Freda Deskin,[15] Government Relations Director for Professional Oklahoma Educators and former Assistant State Superintendent for Financial Services at the Oklahoma State Department of Education Jack Herron,[16] and retired college professor, former chairman of the Oklahoma Democratic Party and former Oklahoma State Department of Education employee Ivan Holmes.[17] Bennington Schools Superintendent Donna Anderson had been running,[18] but withdrew from the race.[3]

Polling

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Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
John
Cox
Freda
Deskin
Jack
Herron
Ivan
Holmes
Other Undecided
SoonerPoll June 19–21, 2014 781 ± 3.5% 19.4% 26.2% 2.9% 8.6% 42.8%
SoonerPoll May 5–10, 2014 631 ± 3.9% 10.6% 14% 3.5% 8.3% 63.5%

Results

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Democratic primary results[13]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic John Cox 68,889 41.04
Democratic Freda Deskin 64,135 38.21
Democratic Jack Herron 22,335 13.31
Democratic Ivan Holmes 12,504 7.45
Total votes 167,863 100

Runoff

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Democratic primary runoff results[19]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic John Cox 60,370 62.89
Democratic Freda Deskin 35,621 37.11
Total votes 95,991 100

General election

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Polling

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Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Joy
Hofmeister (R)
John
Cox (D)
Undecided
Sooner Poll October 25–29, 2014 949 ± 3.18% 42.3% 40.1% 17.6%
Sooner Poll August 28–30, 2014 603 ± 3.99% 38.4% 40.5% 21.2%

Results

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Results by county:
  Cox—60-70%
  Cox—50–60%
  Hofmeister—70-80%
  Hofmeister—60-70%
  Hofmeister—50-60%
2014 State Superintendent of Public Instruction results[20]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Joy Hofmeister 457,053 55.81% -0.11%
Democratic John Cox 361,878 44.19% +6.47%
Turnout 818,931 100.00%

Commissioner of Insurance

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Incumbent Republican Insurance Commissioner John D. Doak ran for re-election to a second term in office.[3]

He was challenged in the Republican primary by Bill Viner. No other candidate filed to run.[3]

Republican primary results[13]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John D. Doak 189,893 77.49
Republican Bill Viner 55,173 22.51
Total votes 245,066 100

Commissioner of Labor

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Incumbent Republican Labor Commissioner Mark Costello ran for re-election to a second term in office.[3]

Mike Workman was the Democratic candidate.[3]

Corporation Commissioner

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One of the three seats on the Oklahoma Corporation Commission was up for election. Incumbent Republican Commissioner Patrice Douglas, the Chairman of the Commission, did not run for re-election to a first full term in office. She is instead running for Oklahoma's 5th congressional district.[3]

State Senator Cliff Branan and former Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives and nominee for Lieutenant Governor in 2006 Todd Hiett ran for the Republican nomination. No other candidate filed to run.[3]

Republican primary results[13]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Todd Hiett 128,173 52.24
Republican Cliff Branan 117,169 47.76
Total votes 245,342 100

United States Senate

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Regularly-scheduled election

Incumbent Republican senator Jim Inhofe ran for re-election to a fourth term in office. He was challenged in the Republican primary by D. Jean McBride-Samuels,[21] retired air traffic controller Rob Moye,[22] perennial candidate Evelyn Rogers[22] and Iraq War veteran Erick Wyatt.[23]

Insurance agency owner Matt Silverstein ran for the Democrats[24] and Independents Aaron DeLozier,[22] Joan Farr[25] and Ray Woods[21] also ran.

Special election

Incumbent Republican senator Tom Coburn announced his intention to resign on 113th Congress on January 3, 2015, four years into his second six-year term.[26] Thus, a special election was held to fill his seat for the remaining two years of his term.[27]

For the Republicans, former state senator and candidate for Governor in 2010 Randy Brogdon,[28] Army veteran and sales professional Andy Craig,[29] college professor Kevin Crow,[30] U.S. Representative James Lankford,[31] businessman Eric McCray,[32] State Representative and former Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives T.W. Shannon[33] and paramedic Jason Weger[34] ran.

Patrick Hayes,[25] State Senator Constance N. Johnson[35] and perennial candidate Jim Rogers[25] ran for the Democratic nomination. Independent Mark Beard also ran.[25]

United States House of Representatives

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Oklahoma's five seats in the United States House of Representatives were up for election in 2014.

References

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