Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Istook wins GOP gubernatorial nod
From The Morning Grind

Rep. Ernest Istook (R-Oklahoma) won the GOP nod last night to take on Gov. Brad Henry (D) in November, while the race to fill his seat won't be decided until next month. Istook took more than 54 percent of the vote, beating back four challengers for the Republican nomination. Businessman Bob Sullivan, who criticized Istook for "pork barrel" spending, came in second with about 31 percent of the vote. Henry easily won the Democratic nomination and is the early favorite to win in November.

As for Istook's 5th District seat, Lt. Gov. Mary Fallin and Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett emerged from the crowded GOP primary field and will square off in an August 22 runoff. Fallin won 34.5 percent of the vote, while Cornett came in second with 24.2 percent of the vote. The winner will face Dr. David Hunter, who won the Democratic primary, in November. The predominately Republican 5th District is located right in the middle of the state.

Full election results.
Posted By Mark Preston, CNN Political Unit: 7/26/2006 11:01:00 AM ET | Permalink
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