One thing is certain after Tuesday: Ottawa is a solid red county.
Republicans were winners in five of the six national, state and county races on local ballots during the 2020 General Election.
The lone exception was the race for Ottawa County Sheriff where Democrat David Dean, who retired as a detective after 23 years with the Miami Police Department, unseated Jeremy Floyd.
“This election is one for the record books,” Ottawa County Election Board Secretary Verna L. Ferris said. “Even though the turnout was huge and people had to wait in line, all-in-all the voters were very kind and understanding.”
Nearly 1.6 million Oklahomans flocked to the polls Tuesday in one of the largest turnouts in state history.
"I am delighted about the enthusiasm and engagement shown by Oklahoma voters in this election,” said Paul Ziriax, secretary of the state election board. “We saw a surge in voter registrations, set a record for mail absentee ballots and in-person absentee ‘early’ votes, and had heavy turnout on Election Day. Oklahoma voters set a record for the most votes ever cast for president in the history of our state.”
Nearly 1.6 million votes were cast statewide.
Returns will be verified on the county level Friday and on the state level Tuesday.
"Considering this was a Presidential General Election conducted during a pandemic, one week after a major ice storm, with a record level of voter participation, it went fairly smoothly. I am very proud of our county election officials, poll workers, and State Election Board staff for their perseverance, professionalism, and dedication to free and fair elections," Ziriax said.
Dean received 6,722 (59.20%) of the 11,436 votes in 16 precincts compared to 4,632 (40.80%) for Floyd.
Floyd had been elected sheriff in 2016.
“I will be ready to go in January when I take office,” Dean said. “I’ve always thought that if it was the Lord’s way it was going to happen. If it wasn’t, then I would have just stayed retired. The Lord put me in this position and the citizens said they want me in there so I’m ready to rock once January rolls around.”
Steven Chasteen bumped out Chad Masterson in the Ottawa County Commissioner District 2 race.
Chasteen had 2,423 (51.03%) and Masterson finished with 1,547 (30.97%).
“I’m very humbled that the people saw my vision and got behind me to say ‘Enough is enough with the status quo and we are ready to move forward as a community instead of a good old boy network,’” Chasteen said.
President Donald Trump received 8,545 votes (74.73%) in the county while former Vice President Joe Biden netted 2,684 (23.47%).
Libertarian Jo Jorgensen had 134 votes in the county (1.17%).
Rapper, record producer and fashion designer Kanye West, who was running as an independent, tallied 26 (0.23%).
Also, Jade Simmons and Brock Pierce had 24 and 23 votes, respectively.
Republican Jim Inhofe breezed past three challengers to win re-election to a fifth full term in the United States Senate.
Inhofe finished with 7,282 votes in the county (64.27%) with political newcomer Abby Broyles receiving 3,282 (28.97%).
Rounding out the field were Libertarian Robert Murphy, 331 (2.92%), Independent Joan Farr, 267 (2.36%) and A.D. Nesbit, 168 (1.48%).
Republican U.S. Representative Markwayne Mullin was a landslide winner for reelection.
Mullin got 71.92% of the total votes (8,134) followed by Democratic challenger Danyell Lanier, 2,745 (24.27%) and Libertarian Richie Castaldo, 431 (3.81%).
And Todd Hiett received 80.53% of the votes cast in Ottawa County in his bid to retain his seat on the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.
He had 8,540 total and Libertarian Todd Hagopian finished with 2,065 votes, only 19.47%.
County voters also rejected both of the state questions: SQ 805, 7.988-3,120 and SQ 814, 6,889-4,056.