Local & Regional
Wed June 27, 2012
Run-Off on Both Sides of District 2
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Former prosecutor Rob Wallace will face Muskogee seed company owner Wayne Herriman in an August runoff for the Democratic nomination in Oklahoma's 2nd Congressional District.
Wallace led Tuesday's primary over Wayne Herriman, but not by enough to secure the nomination outright. Retired schoolteacher Earl Everett finished third and forced Herriman and Wallace into an Aug. 28 primary runoff.
Democrats are looking to maintain control of the district that was thrown open last summer when current U.S. Rep. Dan Boren surprisingly announced he wouldn't seek a fifth term in office. It's the only Democrat-held seat in Oklahoma's congressional delegation.
First-time candidate Markwayne Mullin will square off against a two-term state representative from Muskogee in a Republican primary runoff for the 2nd Congressional District seat in eastern Oklahoma.
Mullin finished first in a six-man GOP primary field on Tuesday, but the lead wasn't large enough to win the nomination outright. State Rep. George Faught finished second to force a head-to-head matchup in the Aug. 28 primary runoff election.
The two are vying to replace current U.S. Rep. Dan Boren, the only Democrat in Oklahoma's congressional delegation. Boren surprisingly announced last summer that he wouldn't seek a fifth term in office, and 10 political hopefuls lined up to fill his spot, including six Republicans, three Democrats and one independent.
Mullin had high name recognition because of advertising for his plumbing business.
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