Skip to comments.Runoff in the primary for Rep. Fallin's Oklahoma City seat
Posted on 07/27/2010 7:45:26 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued
Attorney Kevin Calvey and youth camp director James Lankford topped the Republican field vying to replace Rep. Mary Fallin (R-Okla.).
Calvey and Lankford took 34 and 32 percent of the vote respectively in the seven-way race for the 5th district nomination and will head to a runnoff. Fallin left her Oklahoma City seat after two terms to run for governor. She claimed the GOP gubernatorial nod earlier in the evening.
The Associated Press, meanwhile, declared attorney Billy Coyle the winner of the Democratic nomination with 57 percent of the vote.
On the GOP side, state Rep. Mike Thompson (R) finished a disappointing third with 17 percent of the vote.
Thompson had raised the most of the top three candidates, pulling in $910,762 for the cycle. He also spent heavily on TV advertising and had only $266,447 left as of his pre-primary filing.
Calvey spent less but went up with his buy early, airing ads on Fox News. Calvey, a former state lawmaker, also benefited from a higher name ID because he ran for the seat in 2006. He raised $628,560 during the cycle and had $325,439 left in bank, according to his July 7 report.
Lankford, a political newcomer, was considered to have some momentum going into Tuesday's vote. He raised $375,571 and had $92,167 cash on hand in his last FEC filing.
Each candidate sought to portray themselves as the most conservative, all vowing to curb government spending and repeal the healthcare reform bill.
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This should be interesting. It looks similar to the South Carolina runoff to succeed Barrett Gresham, who ran for Governor there.
I’ll readily admit to not having paid much attention to this open race, so I know next to nothing about these candidates. I asked PKM her thoughts on which one she endorsed in another thread.
I know a little bit about the candidates. Kevin Calvey is a former state Rep. who ran in 2006 and is endorsed by the Club for Growth. James Lankford is an executive at a Christian youth camp called Falls Creek.
I saw the latter’s website. Lankford’s wife is hot.
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