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Fallin, Askins to face off in battle to become Oklahoma's first woman governor

Updated: 12:19 a.m.

By Felicia Sonmez

Rep. Mary Fallin (R) and Lt. Gov. Jari Askins (D) are headed toward a battle in the fall for the Oklahoma governor's mansion, setting up a race that will see the Sooner State elect its first woman governor.

Fallin, a two-term congresswoman and former lieutenant governor who has been endorsed by national Republicans including former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, won the GOP nod outright with 55 percent. Her main rival, state Sen. Randy Brogdon, won 39 percent while two other challengers, businessman Robert Hubbard and retired businessman Roger Jackson, were in the low single digits.

Meanwhile, Askins bested state Attorney General Drew Edmondson to clinch the Democratic nod, eking out a 50.3-to-49.7-percent victory that was decided by a margin of about 1,500 votes out of 263,000 cast.

Edmondson -- the son of former Rep. Ed Edmondson (D) and the nephew of former Gov. and Sen. J. Howard Edmondson (D) -- had been the favorite heading into the primary and had been endorsed by the NRA, while Askins received an eleventh-hour endorsement from former University of Oklahoma and Dallas Cowboys head coach Barry Switzer. Edmondson conceded the race at about midnight Eastern time; the Associated Press called the race 15 minutes later.

National Republicans hailed Fallin's victory. "Mary Fallin brings a proven record and a strong vision for an Oklahoma where taxes are low, government spending is under control, and people are more free to make their own choices for what is best for them and their families," the Republican Governors Association said in a release.

Palin also issued a celebratory message to Fallin via Twitter. "Well-deserved gubernatorial primary victory today, now on to the general. (We can see November from our house!)" she tweeted.

Meanwhile, the Democratic Governors Association issued a statement praising Askins as "someone who has proven that she can win statewide and proven that she is willing to fight for what matters for working families and families who want to get back to work."

The race to succeed term-limited Gov. Brad Henry (D) has been viewed by most political handicappers as a prime pickup opportunity for Republicans -- Oklahoma was the only state where every county voted for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in 2008, giving the Republican presidential nominee 66 percent of the vote.

But, according to a Sooner Poll released this week, the race may be closer than previously thought. The survey showed Fallin leading Askins 46 percent to 40 percent.

Oklahoma Republicans also held a closely-contested primary in the race to succeed Fallin in the state's 5th district where former state Rep. Kevin Calvey led with 34 percent but is headed toward a runoff against professor James Lankford, who took 32 percent. Calvey, who waged an unsuccessful primary challenge against Fallin in 2006, has enjoyed the backing of the Club for Growth. Whoever wins the Aug. 24 runoff will be favored to win in the heavily-Republican district based in Oklahoma City.

In the state's 2nd district, Rep. Dan Boren (D) fended off an underfunded primary challenge from his ideological left, taking 75 percent to state Sen. Jim Wilson's 25 percent. Wilson had targeted Boren for his opposition to the national health care overhaul.

The state's other incumbents facing primary challenges -- Reps. John Sullivan (R), Frank Lucas (R) and Tom Cole (R) as well as Sen. Tom Coburn (R) -- easily won their battles for renomination.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  July 27, 2010; 10:13 PM ET
Categories:  Governors , House , Senate  
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Comments

I hope Jari pulls this one off in November, as an Oklahoman I know how Fallin is a flip-flopper-tea-partier who claims that we should be 'free to do what we want to do' and then limits abortion and gay rights. I might be willing to support her if she had her own opinions but if you look at her votes, they are always partisan and if you ask what she's done in the past two-terms as Congresswoman, you won't find much.

Posted by: maths887 | July 28, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

The only thing that sadder is I bet there a lot of other states that have not had female governors. My state, Vermont, has only had
one. And we are supposed to be progressive.

Posted by: canaldoc |
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There is one thing sadder and that is passing over the best qualified candidate in favor of certain skin pigmentation or the prescence or abscence of certain sexual organs. But that isn't the progressive way.

Posted by: leapin | July 28, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Illegal Alien SCOFFLAW SCAMNESTY Is "TREASON" Against MILLIONS Of UNEMPLOYED AMERICANS !!!

Posted by: lennybeachboy999 | July 28, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

thanks for letting me know that Jari is a female candidate. I did not know that.
And, you are correct, no crystal ball needed to anticipate that OK will see its first female governor. Better late than never OK.
21st Century for heaven's sake and this is OK
first female governor.
The only thing that sadder is I bet there a lot of other states that have not had female governors. My state, Vermont, has only had
one. And we are supposed to be progressive.

Posted by: canaldoc | July 28, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Randy Brogdon had my vote. He was a fresh new face and a political conservative, with business experience. That being said, it should be an interesting time until November. Both women are all right, but just all right.
There has been a great deal of flip-flopping from Mary Fallin and that is why there was no vote for her on my card. As for Askins... well you're not askin' andI'm not tellin'.... Have a grand day.

Posted by: klassylady25 | July 28, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

GOP backwash, hyuck hyuck hyuck

empty trash talk, lies and witless nonsense.

Know them by their works, not their empty words!

By the time the GOP has been thoroughly exposed for

supporting unlimited corporate spending in political campaigns against the little people

supporting hiding the names of those who pay for dishonest ads to manipulate the little people

apologizing to BP for the inconvenience of wiping their ....

aiding and abetting the Wall Street looters (of the little ones)

trying to squander nearly 300 billion tax dollars on the wealthy by extending tax cuts - while ranting about the deficit

playing 'keep away' with emergency unemployment benefits millions of Americans depend on to weather this GOP recession

Know them by their misdeeds, trespasses and un-American lies. Come November, show the right wing extremists and corporate boot lickers the door.

Posted by: right_as_rain | July 28, 2010 9:07 AM | Report abuse

Why is it that all these RepubliKKKan women look the same -- washed out bottle blondes with early onset wrinkle-itis...

Posted by: bgreen2224 | July 28, 2010 3:41 AM

Wow, 3:41AM. I hope you didn't stay up late just to get that off your chest.

Posted by: daggar | July 28, 2010 8:45 AM | Report abuse

youcanpostthis wrote>>>For all the complaints about the birthers - the truth is OBAMA HAS BEEN GOVERNING IN AN UNAMERICAN WAY

......according to Fox & Frightwing radio.
But the fact is, Pres. Obama's approval rating is higher than Reagan's at 18 months.

Oh and btw - Republicans keep your HANDS OFF our ObamaCare!
Thank you.

Posted by: angie12106 | July 28, 2010 8:09 AM | Report abuse

youcanpostthis wrote>>>For all the complaints about the birthers - the truth is OBAMA HAS BEEN GOVERNING IN AN UNAMERICAN WAY

......according to Fox & Frightwing radio.
But the fact is, Pres. Obama's approval rating is higher than Reagan's at 18 months.

Oh and btw - Republicans keep your HANDS OFF our ObamaCare!
Thank you.

Posted by: angie12106 | July 28, 2010 8:09 AM | Report abuse

canaldoc, when two females run for office representing the major parties it is not a stretch to predict the office will be held by a woman. I am guessing you thought Jari Askins is male.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | July 28, 2010 7:23 AM | Report abuse

I am surprised to see you write "Will see"
the state of Oklahoma elect its first woman governor. Gee Chris, now you have a crystal
ball? Whatever happened to humbly waiting until events unfold?

Posted by: canaldoc | July 28, 2010 6:27 AM | Report abuse

Why is it that all these RepubliKKKan women look the same -- washed out bottle blondes with early onset wrinkle-itis..Thanks for the picture, Jan...it's a real freak-treat.
Maybe if they owned their own bodies and their reproductive rights, they wouldn't be so rage-filled, so angry. But being nothing more than a breeding vessel for guys who hang at Voyeurs seems to take its toll.

Little Leonas all.

Posted by: bgreen2224 | July 28, 2010 3:41 AM | Report abuse

The simple fact is no one likes the way Obama and the democrats have done things.


In America, the people are supposed to control the government.


Obama thinks that the leftists should be able to win one election - and jam through all these permanent changes AGAINST THE WILL OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.


It is that simple.


I'm not sure how much more foolish Obama could be.


For all the complaints about the birthers - the truth is OBAMA HAS BEEN GOVERNING IN AN UNAMERICAN WAY.


It is that simple - look at the bloggers here on this board - they want to silence their opposition.


Never in American history has there been such a group of people who do NOT believe in Freedom of Speech. It is UNAMERICAN.


The fish rots from the head, and in this case Obama stinks.


It is actually amazing - the demonstration of arrogance and stupidity from Obama.


The American People do not want this.


Obama has FORGOTTEN this is the PEOPLES' GOVERNMENT - not his.

.

Posted by: YouCanPostThis | July 28, 2010 2:18 AM | Report abuse

Noacoler


We are going to have to start listening to what you hear from a barrista at a supermarket ???

Oh, yea, that makes sense


.

Posted by: YouCanPostThis | July 28, 2010 2:16 AM | Report abuse

Prurient gossip: barrista at the Safeway Starbucks had just gotten back from Anchorage.. Visited a watering hole favored by Quitter Sarah. Scuttlebutt is that she is loathed, that the money has gone to her head in a big way, throws her weight around and puts on airs. Real class act, Sarah is. Jus' plain folks.

Posted by: Noacoler | July 28, 2010 12:59 AM | Report abuse

So now we can expect the usual Palin magic to work .. gets the nutter "common-sense conservative" nominated, and deep-sixed in the general election.  Like Doug Hoffman.

Yeah, "common sense."  Meaning don' know nuthin' and don' wanna know nuthin.  (ticks off fingers) Pro Sekind Amendmint, pro-life, and honk honk honk.  Sarah Palin.  Beloved by a few, despised by everyone else, the one respite from neutrality in America.

Posted by: Noacoler | July 28, 2010 12:35 AM | Report abuse

Boren - you can add that name to the Oklahoma list

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Posted by: YouCanPostThis | July 28, 2010 12:12 AM | Report abuse

And congrats to Alex Sink in Florida:

Fun stuff in Florida:

"As the unexpectedly contested Florida Republican gubernatorial primary enters its final month, a winner has started to emerge after the millions in negative TV ads plastered across the state by state Attorney General Bill McCollum and wealthy businessman Rick Scott -- and that lucky candidate is Democratic candidate Alex Sink.

Last week, a fresh poll of the governor's race showed that despite being the third wheel in the second-most entertaining Florida political soap opera of the year, Sink has managed to pull ahead of both Republican candidates in general election matchups, thanks to tanking favorability numbers for both Scott and McCollum.

According to local press reports out of Florida, Republicans are starting to get nervous about Scott, the frontrunner for the party's nomination. Scott looks like the guy who'll win Aug. 24, leaving Florida Republicans with perhaps the most damaged Republican candidate for governor since Jim Giibbons. Even if Scott somehow loses to McCollum, his spending (plus McCollum's own problems of course) have Democrats overjoyed with the situation. In fact, things have played out in Sink's favor beyond the Democrats' wildest hopes ever since Scott jumped into the race back in April. "

Posted by: drindl | July 28, 2010 12:08 AM | Report abuse

Sarah, & Kate+8.…..

Obama on TheView…..

The battle is joined….

Get out the PopCorn….LOL

I can see November from my house!

Posted by: idesign | July 27, 2010 11:28 PM | Report abuse

Congrats Fallin (and Palin) in Oklahoma.

Posted by: JakeD2 | July 27, 2010 10:47 PM | Report abuse

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