Oklahoma's medical marijuana measure was passed Tuesday and the field of candidates narrowed for several seats as many moved on to be decided in a runoff election in August.
MIAMI - The results are in for Tuesday's primary election, which narrowed down a large swath of candidates, delivered a decision on medical marijuana, and saw an uptick in overall voter participation in the state.
SQ788 - Medical Marijuana
Statewide, Oklahoman's voted yes by nearly 57 percent on State Question 788, legalizing the licensed cultivation, use, and possession of marijuana for medicinal purposes without restrictions on qualifying medical conditions.
In Ottawa County, voters against SQ788 were in the majority with 2,984 (53.44%) voting no, and 2,600 (46.56%) voting yes.SQ788 Statewide vs Ottawa County
The passage of SQ788 sets Oklahoma as the 31st state in the nation to legalize medical marijuana in some form and is expected to soon return state legislators to the Capitol in special session to establish regulatory guidelines.
“I respect the will of the voters in any question placed before them to determine the direction of our state. It is our responsibility as state leaders to look out for the health and safety of Oklahoma citizens," said Fallin in a statement released late Tuesday. "As I mentioned in previous public comments, I believe, as well as many Oklahomans, this new law is written so loosely that it opens the door for basically recreational marijuana. I will be discussing with legislative leaders and state agencies our options going forward on how best to proceed with adding a medical and proper regulatory framework to make sure marijuana use is truly for valid medical illnesses.”
Under SQ788, a license will be required for medical marijuana and must be approved by an Oklahoma Board Certified Physician to be issued to Oklahoma residents 18 years and older by the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH).
Special exemptions would be granted to applicants under the age of 18 that must be signed by two physicians and a parent or legal guardian.
A statement released by OSDH following the passage of SQ788 Tuesday outlined the agency has been working to establish a framework of emergency rules over the last three months for its arm that will manage license applications, the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority.
The State Board of Health will examine those rules at its July 10 meeting.
The agency also assured in its statement that application information would be available by July 26 and applications would begin to be accepted no later than Aug. 25 providing an information link, omma.ok.gov.
As passed, SQ788 will allow those obtaining a license to carry up to 3 ounces of marijuana on their person, possess 8 ounces at their residence, possess six mature plants and six seedling plants, one ounce of concentrated marijuana, and 72 ounces of medical marijuana.
Oklahoma is among ten states where a runoff election is required if no candidate gets a majority of the vote in the primary.
Without a majority, the top two candidates for a contested party seat in the primary go to the runoff election, which will be held this election cycle on Aug. 28.
In Ottawa County, Democrats will need to select between candidates for the Oklahoma District 2 Congressional seat, Corporation Commissioner, and County Commissioner District 1 seat in the runoff.
Republicans will need to select between candidates for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, State Auditor and Inspector, Attorney General, Labor Commissioner, Superintendent of Public Instruction, and Corporation Commissioner.
Libertarians will need to select a candidate for Governor.
The last day to register to vote in the Aug. 28 runoff primary election is Friday, Aug. 3. The deadline to request an absentee ballot is 5 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 22.
Early voting dates for the Aug. 28 runoff primary election are Thursday, Aug. 23, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Friday, Aug. 24, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 25, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Tuesday, candidates for Oklahoma Governor were whittled down with Democrats selecting former Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson as their party pick and Republican gubernatorial candidates Mick Cornett and Kevin Stitt earning the top spots to compete in the August runoff election.
Another top Republican contender, current Lieutenant Governor Todd Lamb conceded Tuesday, stating he apparently did not have the votes necessary to continue during an election night party, according to the Associated Press.
Cornett, a former sports television personality and lauded Oklahoma City Mayor, took the lead among his party's candidates for Governor Tuesday earning just over 29 percent of the Republican vote.
Following the announcement of his securing a place in the August runoff, Cornett addressed attendees in a streaming video to his campaign's Facebook page where he thanked family, supporters, his campaign team and volunteers.
Later Cornett posted, "What a night! These next two months are going to be crucial, and we need your help."
Stitt, a Tulsa businessman at the helm of Gateway Mortgage Group who has campaigned heavily on not being a seasoned politician, secured the second spot for the Republican runoff Tuesday, edging out Lamb in a down to the wire win.
"On behalf of my family, our campaign team, and all of our friends and supporters across the state: THANK YOU!" Stitt posted late Tuesday. "This was only possible because YOU spoke up and demanded conservative change for Oklahoma. Onward to the runoff on August 28th!"
Following results that positioned him as the Democratic candidate for Governor, Edmondson recognized his family, expressed praise for his party contender Connie Johnson, thanked Independents that participated in the Democratic primary, and addressed like-minded Republicans in a video posted live from a primary election watch party hosted by his campaign in Oklahoma City.
Later in the evening, Edmondson shared a simple post with supporters, "Thank you, Oklahoma! On to November..."
Powell took the lead ahead of Lawhorn with slightly below 50 percent of the vote, but both easily beat out the party's third contender, Joe "Exotic" Maldonado.
"Thank you to everyone who placed their confidence in me by voting Powell for Governor, to the many individuals who took a yard sign or made a contribution, especially Chris, Ken, Clark, and Robert, to Bryan, Hayden, Dakota, Craig, Ken, and Jake who did field volunteer work, to Justin Boyd for his media work, to Bryan Beavers for keeping the books straight along with his other supporting roles, and to my family and especially my wife, Amy S Powell, who has to put up with me and my quixotic escapades," Powell posted to social media Tuesday.
Libertarians will decide between Chris Powell and Lawhorn, like many other candidates, also shared a live video on Facebook Tuesday night thanking supporters and remaining enthusiastic about his campaign moving into the runoff. in the gubernatorial race following the party's very first primary in Oklahoma.
OK District 2 Congressional
Incumbent Republican Markwayne Mullin secured his position as the party pick for the Oklahoma District 2 Congressional seat Tuesday, significantly edging out party opponents with 32,624 votes (54.15%).
"What an incredible turnout in district last night! Thank you for all those who showed up to the polls," wrote Mullin in a Facebook post Wednesday morning. "Thank you to my team, our volunteers, supporters, and activists that worked hard to pull off a win. It's on to the general election."
Democrats Jason Nichols and Clay Padgett will compete for the District 2 Congressional seat party nomination in the August runoff.
"Your support means everything to me," Nichols said in a social media post late Tuesday accompanied by a personal video message. "Vote counts tonight sent a clear message: this November, the incumbent is going home. I need your support in the runoff this August so we can make this change!"
"I cannot begin to tell you how incredibly humbled I am to be in the runoff on August 28th," Padgett wrote, sharing his own personal video on Facebook thanking his supporters. "Elijah McIntosh and Virginia Jenner, it was a pleasure meeting you. Thank you to all the folks who supported me and the campaign — and I look forward to meeting even more people and having more conversations over the next two months!"
The Libertarian candidate for the seat, Richard Castaldo, was uncontested.
The Ottawa County District 1 Commissioner seat drew five candidates, with Republicans selecting Mike Moore to advance and a runoff set for Democrat candidates Mike Furnas and Kevin Dunkel.
Ottawa County precincts included in County District 1 are 2, 3, 12, 14, and 23.
For the Ottawa County District 3 Commissioner seat, incumbent Democrat Russell Earls secured his position with the majority vote against fellow Democrat Will Sampson.
There were no Republican contenders for the County District 3 seat.
Primary Results By the Numbers
SQ788 Statewide Medical Marijuana (Passed)YES: 506,782/56.84% NO: 384,872/43.16%
Governor Statewide Final
Democrat:DREW EDMONDSON 242,504/61.39% (Advances to Nov. General Election) CONNIE JOHNSON 152,534/38.61%
Republican:MICK CORNETT 132,713 /29.35% (Runoff Aug. 28) KEVIN STITT 110,369/24.41% (Runoff Aug. 28) TODD G. LAMB 107,918/23.87% CHRISTOPHER BARNETT 5,231/1.16% DAN FISHER 35,765/7.91% ERIC FOUTCH 2,289/0.51% BARRY GOWDY 2,347/0.52% BLAKE COWBOY STEPHENS 12,187/2.70% GARY A. JONES 25,220/5.58% GARY RICHARDSON 18,155/4.01%
Libertarian:CHRIS POWELL 1,736/48.92% (Runoff Aug. 28) REX L LAWHORN 1,150/32.40% (Runoff Aug. 28) JOE EXOTIC 663/18.68%
Lieutenant Governor Statewide Final
Democrat:ANASTASIA A. PITTMAN 188,676/50.42% (Advances to Nov. General Election) ANNA DEARMORE 185,554/49.58%
Republican:DANA MURPHY 196,727/45.85% (Runoff Aug. 28) MATT PINNELL 153,178/35.70% (Runoff Aug. 28) EDDIE FIELDS 58,938/13.74% DOMINIQUE DaMÓN BLOCK 20,262/4.72%
State Auditor and Inspector Statewide Final
Democrat: No Party Candidate
Republican:CINDY BYRD 204,058/49.45% (Runoff Aug. 28) CHARLIE PRATER 173,667/42.08% (Runoff Aug. 28) JOHN UZZO 34,959/8.47%
Attorney General Statewide Final
Republican:MIKE HUNTER 191,324/44.46% (Runoff Aug. 28) GENTNER DRUMMOND 165,479/38.46% (Runoff Aug. 28) ANGELA BONILLA 73,514/17.08%
Superintendent of Public Instruction Statewide Final
Democrat: No Party Candidate
Republican:JOY HOFMEISTER 200,807/46.84% (Runoff Aug. 28) LINDA MURPHY 133,103/31.05% (Runoff Aug. 28) WILL FARRELL 94,805/22.11%
Labor Commissioner Statewide Final
Democrat:FRED DORRELL 269,303/73.43% (Advances to Nov. General Election) SAM A MIS-SOUM 97,423/26.57%
Republican:CATHY COSTELLO 181,500/43.26% (Runoff Aug. 28) LESLIE OSBORN 150,713/35.92% (Runoff Aug. 28) KEITH SWINTON 87,365/20.82%
Insurance Commissioner Statewide Final
Democrat: No Party Candidate
Republican:GLEN MULREADY 218,849/54.75% (Primary Winner) DONALD CHASTEEN 180,841/45.25%
Corporation Commissioner Statewide Final
Democrat:ASHLEY NICOLE McCRAY 180,513/48.79% (Runoff Aug. 28) BLAKE CUMMINGS 82,041/22.17% (Runoff Aug. 28) KEN REICH 37,762/10.21% BEAU WILLIAMS 69,675/18.83%
Republican:BOB ANTHONY 197,242/47.17% (Runoff Aug. 28) BRIAN BINGMAN 160,672/38.42% (Runoff Aug. 28) HAROLD D. SPRADLING 60,263/14.41%
Oklahoma Congressional Dist. 2 Statewide Final
Democrat:JASON NICHOLS 32,467/37.93% (Runoff Aug. 28) CLAY PADGETT 20,693/24.18% (Runoff Aug. 28) VIRGINIA BLUE JEANS JENNER 16,130/18.85% ELIJAH McINTOSH 16,301/19.05%
Republican:MARKWAYNE MULLIN 32,624/54.15% (Advances to Nov. General Election) BRIAN JACKSON 6,899/11.45% JARRIN JACKSON 15,191/25.21% JOHN McCARTHY 5,536/9.19%
State House Rep. District 7
Both the Democrat and Republican candidates for this seat went uncontested. Incumbent Democrat Ben Loring and opponent Republican William Leonard will face off in the November general election.
Ottawa County Commissioner District 1
Democrat:MIKE FURNAS 513/ 46.26% (Runoff Aug. 28) KEVIN DUNKEL 360/32.46% (Runoff Aug. 28) RICKY SHARP 236/21.28%
Republican:MIKE MOORE 317/58.92% (Advances to Nov. General Election) SHANE REDDEN 221/41.08%
Ottawa County Commissioner District 3
Democrat:RUSSELL EARLS 701/59.76% (Seat Winner) WILL E. SAMPSON 472/40.24%
Republican: No Party Candidate
Party candidates selected in the primary and primary runoff elections will face off in the Nov. 6 general election.
The last day to register to vote in the Nov. 6 general election is Friday, Oct. 12. The deadline to request an absentee ballot is 5 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 31.
Early voting dates for the Nov. 6 general election are Thursday, Nov. 1, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 2, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 3, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
To register, confirm your registration, or find your voting place use the Online Voter Tool at the Oklahoma State Election Board website, https://www.ok.gov/elections, or call the Ottawa County Election Board at 918-542-2893.
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