Voters took to the polls on Tuesday for runoff elections across the state of Oklahoma.State Sen. Connie Johnson has won the Democratic primary runoff election and will face Republican U.S. Rep. James Lankford in the race to fill an open Oklahoma U.S. Senate seat.
Johnson beat perennial candidate Jim Rogers in Tuesday's contest. She has campaigned on several social and civil liberties issues, including the legalization of marijuana and reform of Oklahoma's criminal justice system, among others.
She also says the state's economy is struggling and never fully regained its footing after the recession. She suggested putting people back to work rebuilding Oklahoma's -- and the nation's -- deteriorating infrastructure and crumbling roads and bridges.
Lankford is a two-term congressman who's amassed an army of voters who know the Baptist minister from his years as director one of the country's largest Christian youth camps.
Former state Sen. Steve Russell has won the Republican nomination for central Oklahoma's 5th Congressional District.
Russell defeated Corporation Commission member Patrice Douglas in Tuesday's runoff election for the GOP nomination. Russell faces either state Sen. Al McAffrey or retired professor Tom Guild in the Nov. 4 election.
Russell was one of six Republicans who sought their party's nomination in the June 24 primary election. No candidate received more than 50 percent of the vote, forcing the runoff.
Russell is seeking the seat being vacated by Republican Rep. James Lankford, the Republican nominee for an open U.S. Senate seat.
Russell is a retired Army lieutenant colonel who served in the state Senate from 2008 to 2012 after a more than 20-year Army career.
Longtime educator John Cox has won the Democratic Party's nomination to be Oklahoma's next superintendent of schools.
Cox has worked in education for 30 years as a teacher, principal and superintendent. In voting Tuesday, he defeated teacher Freda Deskin to win the nomination and will face Republican Joy Hofmeister in November. Hofmeister defeated incumbent Janet Barresi in the June GOP primary.
Both Cox and Deskin had said Oklahoma voters made a statement by turning Barresi out of office in the primary. They said the fall election shouldn't be about party politics but about who is best for students.
Hofmeister is a former member of the state Board of Education and now runs a franchise that offers after-school learning programs.
State Sen. Al McAffrey has won the Democratic nomination for central Oklahoma's 5th Congressional District.
McAffrey defeated retired university professor Tom Guild in Tuesday's runoff election for the Democratic nomination. McAffrey faces Republican Steve Russell in the Nov. 4 general election.
McAffrey was one of three Democrats who sought their party's nomination in the June 24 primary election. A runoff was needed because no candidate received more than 50 percent of the vote.
McAffrey is seeking the seat being vacated by Republican Rep. James Lankford, the Republican nominee for an open U.S. Senate seat.
McAffrey was first elected as a state representative in 2006 and was the first openly gay person ever elected to the Oklahoma Legislature.