Democratic voters in Pittsburg County went with the rest of the 2nd District when choosing their candidate to run for the District 2 U.S. House seat in November — but county GOP voters split with their counterparts in the district when voting for the Republican nominee for the post.
Rob Wallace emerged as the Democratic nominee when all the votes were counted across the 26-county 2nd District in Tuesday’s runoff election ,and he also received the most votes in Pittsburg County.
Wallace, a longtime state and federal prosecutor who lives in Fort Gibson, garnered 1,169 ballots, or 53.39 percent of the vote in Pittsburg County during the Tuesday Primary Runoff Election.
That compares with 833 ballots, or 41.61 percent of the vote in Pittsburg County for Wayne Herriman, an agricultural businessman from Muskogee.
District-wide, Wallace received 25,073 votes, for 57 percent of the total ballots cast in the 26 counties, while Herriman garnered 18,901 votes, for 43 percent.
A total of 43,974 ballots were cast by District 2 Democrats in the Tuesday election.
In the Republican race, voters across the 2nd District on Tuesday selected Markwayne Mullin, of Mullin Plumbing, as their candidate for the District 2 U.S. House seat in November.
However, a majority of voters in Pittsburg County preferred Mullin’s opponent, George Faught, a three-term state legislator from Muskogee, who also owns a carpeting-cleaning business.
In Pittsburg County, Faught received 425 votes, for 55.27 percent of the GOP ballots cast. That compares to 334 Pittsburg County votes for Mullin, who received 44.73 percent of the Republican ballots cast in the county Tuesday.
However, district-wide, Mullin garnered 12,046 votes, or 56.8 percent of the total GOP ballots cast in the race in all 26 District 2 counties, while Faught had 9,159 votes, for 43.2 percent.
A total of 21,205 Republican votes were cast across the district during the Tuesday runoff election.
The total 25,073 Democratic votes won by Wallace across the district was more than the total 21,205 GOP ballots garnered by Mullin and Faught combined during the Tuesday run-off.
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