Polls were to remain open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Tuesday for the Primary Runoff Election in Pittsburg County and across the 2nd Congressional District of Oklahoma.
Both the Democratic and Republican parties are holding runoffs to see who will be their respective party’s candidate in the upcoming Nov. 6 General Election to determine who will win the District 2 seat currently held by District 2 U.S. Rep. Dan Boren, who did not seek re-election.
Meanwhile, early in-person voting has been steady at the Pittsburg County Election Board office in McAlester.
A total of nearly 200 in person absentee ballots had been cast on Friday, Saturday and Monday.
Sixty-five votes were cast on Friday; another 29 were cast Saturday and 104 had been cast by 5 p.m. Monday in advance of the Tuesday election.
“It’s a good turnout for this kind of runoff,” said Assistant Election Board Secretary Tonya Barnes.
The Democratic race features Rob Wallace, who is a former assistant U.S. attorney and a former district attorney for Latimer and LeFlore counties, and who has also served as a District 18 assistant district attorney for Pittsburg and Haskell counties, against Wayne Herriman, an agricultural businessman from Muskogee. Wallace currently resides in Fort Gibson.
In the Republican runoff for the GOP’s nomination for the District 2 U.S. House seat, Markwayne Mullin, of the Mullin Plumbing Company, is facing George Faught, a three-term state legislator from Muskogee.
Winners of the Republican and Democratic District 2 runoffs will face each other, along with Independent candidates Michael Fulks, of Heavener, in the Nov. 6 General Election.
Since Tuesday’s election is a primary runoff election, only registered Republicans can vote for the GOP candidates, and only registered Democrats can cast ballots for their party’s candidates.
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