GOP 2nd District Congressional Debate

Jul 17, 2012
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The republican run-off candidates for the second congressional district take part in a televised debate. It was on R-S-U TV last night at Claremore.

Markwayne Mullins says he is running for office because he is tired of federal interference in his business. George Faught, meanwhile, touted his six years experience in the state legislature.                  

Health care reform was the big issue. Faught called for the health care reform act to be repealed and replace with another plan.  Mullins wants the federal government out of health care altogether.

CLAREMORE, Okla. (AP) — The two Republicans vying for the 2nd Congressional District nomination will meet next week for a debate.

Markwayne Mullin and George Faught are scheduled to debate Monday at Rogers State University in Claremore. The event is sponsored by RSU-TV, the Claremore Daily Progress, the Claremore Chamber of Commerce and the RSU Department of Communications.

The event will be broadcast on RSU-TV and will be streamed live at www.rsupublictv.org .

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Two Republican candidates seeking an open congressional seat in eastern Oklahoma are targeting each other in a dispute over whether one of them should be held accountable for remarks made about health care issues at a candidate forum last year.

A television advertisement by state Rep. George Faught's campaign includes a clip of businessman Markwayne Mullin saying he supported a "single-payer, single-pay system" when it comes to medical care.


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The race for eastern Oklahoma's U.S. House seat is drawing the most attention in this year's primary elections, as Republicans look to take a seat now held by the only Democrat in the state's congressional delegation.

Polls will be open Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Six Republicans and three Democrats are running to represent the sprawling 2nd Congressional District, where Democratic U.S. Rep. Dan Boren is stepping down after four terms.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Republican candidate for a state House seat in northwest Oklahoma is trying to downplay a photograph in which he is seen wearing a swastika-adorned Iron Cross medallion around his neck.

Rodney Hiebert of Taloga says the pendant belonged to a friend and that the photograph, which appears on his Facebook page, was taken at a Halloween party several years ago. The 42-year-old says he is not a racist and that the photo is being blown out of proportion.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's three-day early voting period will begin at county election board offices across the state.

Early voting will be held from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Monday and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Registered voters can cast their in-person absentee ballots at the county election boards in the county where they're registered.

Turnout for this year's primary election is expected to be light, with only one statewide race on the ballot — two Republicans who are running for a six-year term on the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Hoping to build on huge gains in the 2010 elections, Republicans are setting their sights on the last large swatch of Democratic blue in Oklahoma — the state's sprawling 2nd Congressional District seat in eastern Oklahoma.

Thrown open last summer when U.S. Representative Dan Boren announced plans to not seek a fifth term, six Republicans are looking to flip the only Democrat-held seat in the state's congressional delegation from blue to red.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma election officials are urging voters to do their homework before they head to voting precincts for the upcoming primary election.

Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax says voters should confirm their precinct assignment and polling location before the June 26 primary. Ziriax says many voters were assigned to different polling places following last year's redistricting process for congressional and legislative seats.

He also says voters should know what, if anything, is on the ballot in their precinct prior to election day.

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The two Republicans squaring off for the nomination to represent Oklahoma's 1st Congressional District have met for their first and likely last political forum ahead of the June 26 primary.

Five-term U.S. Rep. John Sullivan's campaign has been met with stout resistance from Navy pilot Jim Bridenstine, who says Sullivan's held the office representing northeastern Oklahoma and the city of Tulsa for too long.

The two spent about an hour Tuesday afternoon convincing an overflow crowd at a south Tulsa hotel of their conservative credentials.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Congressman Frank Lucas says his influence as chairman of the House Agriculture Committee is the prime reason he should be re-elected to an 11th term representing the state's 3rd Congressional District.

Lucas faces William Craig Stump for the Republican nomination in the June 26 primary.

Democrats Timothy Ray Murray and Frankie Robbins are competing for their party's nomination in the November general election. Independent candidate William Sanders of Stillwater will also appear on the general election ballot.