Tight County Commission District One results draw additional scrutiny

Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital

A vote recount is to be conducted Friday in the disputed race for District One Osage County Commissioner, according to Election Board Secretary Andrea Conner.

On general election night last Tuesday (Nov. 4), incumbent County Commissioner Bob Jackson was shown to be the winner by 45 votes over challenger Randall Jones. Earlier in the evening, however, Jones appeared to have won the race by a 31-vote margin when ballots from all of the District One precincts were reported to have been counted. Of the 28 voting precincts in Osage County, 12 are in District One, including the two from Pawhuska.

The recount was requested Friday when the vote totals for the local commission seat changed again. Numbers submitted to the election board added four votes to Jackson’s total and recorded two more for Jones — which put the incumbent in front by 43. That most recent tally showed Jackson, the Democrat from Grainola, with 1,791 votes compared to 1,748 for Jones, a Pawhuska Republican.

Approximately 4,200 votes were cast in the 2010 commission race, when Jones lost to Jackson by approximately 700 votes. Jones also had waged unsuccessful campaigns against the previous District One Commissioner, Clarence Brantley.

Conner said Friday’s recount will take place at the Osage County Courthouse. It is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. in the third-floor courtroom of District Judge John Kane, the election official said, adding that she expects the procedure to take “probably four to five hours.”

The general election also featured fairly close races for Osage County Assessor and the District Three Osage County Commission set — with incumbent Democrats prevailing in both. Kane was easily re-elected to the non-partisan position of district judge.

Pawhuska Democrat Gail Hedgcoth earned a seventh term as Osage County Assessor by fending off a challenge from Republican Raymond Leach of Hominy to win with 6,169 votes for over Leache’s 4,992.

Commissioner Darren McKinney won re-election to a four-year term by defeating two-time challenger John Blackney, a Skiatook Republican. McKinney, of Fairfax, received 1,953 votes to 1,733 for Blackney. McKinney was originally voted into office in early 2013 to complete two years of the unexpired term for Osage Democrat Jim Clark, who had resigned due to health. Blackney was his opponent in that race, as well.

A pair of Pawhuska sales tax propositions (No. 3 and 4) gained approval by wide margins from municipal voters, as did a pair of proposed amendments (Propositions 1 and 2) to the Pawhuska City Charter.

State and federal races also were on the general election ballots, and drew considerable local interest. Another area rematch saw incumbent District 36 state Rep. Sean Roberts of Hominy defeated Democrat Jim Massey of Sperry to earn his second term in the Oklahoma House. The local U.S. Representative, Republican Frank Lucas, also was re-elected.

Voter turnout in Oklahoma and across the U.S. continued to decline — a trend that started over a half century ago.

While more Oklahomans voted for governor than in any other statewide contest, the total turnout (823,761) was the lowest in 35 years. More than a million votes were cast in the 2002 and 2010 gubernatorial elections and the previous 20-year low total (873,585) was in 1998.

State Election Board records show 40.7 percent of Oklahoma registered voters cast ballots last week, representing the lowest percentage in the 12 years since those numbers have been kept. Officials also noted that record numbers of Oklahomans cast ballots based on party affiliation — with approximately 113,650 (40 percent) of these going for Democrats and 168,450 (60 percent) of the straight tickets attributed to Republicans.

Following are the Osage County vote results from the 2014 General Election held Tuesday, Nov. 4. All of the results were certified last Friday, except in the District 1 Commission race, Conner said.

Numbers are listed for absentee votes, early votes and election-day votes, with vote totals followed by percentages of votes cast.

Governor

Joe Dorman (D) 208 122 4,672 5,002 44.5%

Mary Fallin (R) 249 130 5,477 5,856 52.1%

Kimberly Willis (i) 7 5 267 279 2.5%

Richard prawdzienski (i) 1 3 100 104 0.9%

Total: 465 260 10,516 11,241

Lt. Governor

Cathy Cummings (D) 185 79 3,739 4,003 35.8%

Todd Lamb (R) 278 179 6,715 7,172 64.2%

Total: 463 258 10,454 11,175

Superintendent of Public Instruction

John Cox (D) 222 122 5,018 5,362 48.0%

Joy Hofmeister (R) 237 134 5,437 5,808 52.0%

Total: 459 256 10,455 11,170

Labor Commissioner

Mike Workman (D) 198 112 4,487 4,797 43.7%

Mark Costello (R) 252 138 5,783 6,173 56.3%

Total: 450 250 10,270 10,970

U.S. Senator

Matt Silverstein (D) 163 78 3,510 3,751 33.5%

Jim Inhofe (R) 293 173 6,607 7,073 63.1%

Aaron Delozier (i) 7 3 110 120 1.1%

Ray Woods (i) 3 1 121 125 1.1%

Joan Farr (i) 2 5 126 133 1.2%

Total: 468 260 10,474 11,202

U.S. Senator

(unexpired term)

Connie Johnson (D) 174 86 3,523 3,783 33.8%

James Lankford (R) 279 159 6,556 6,994 62.6%

Mark Beard (i) 12 15 377 404 3.6%

Total: 465 260 10,456 11,181

U.S. Representative District 3

Frankie Robbins (D) 163 70 3,661 3,894 35.0%

Frank Lucas (R) 304 187 6,747 7,238 65.0%

Total: 467 257 10,408 11,132

State Representative District 10

Anthony Tucker (D) 3 2 146 151 25.2%

Travis Dunlap (R) 15 6 427 448 74.8%

Total: 18 8 573 599

State Representative District 36

Jim Massey (D) 74 54 2,092 2,220 34.5%

Sean Roberts (R) 167 63 3,992 4,222 65.5%

Total: 241 117 6,084 6,442

Osage County

Assessor

Gail Hedgcoth (D) 268 175 5,726 6,169 55.3%

Raymond Leach (R) 195 86 4,711 4,992 44.7%

Total: 463 261 10,437 11,161

Osage County

Commissioner

District No. 1

Bob Jackson (D) 60 126 1,603 1,789 50.6%

Randall Jones (R) 59 76 1,609 1,744 49.4%

Total: 119 202 3,212 3,533

Osage County

Commissioner

District No. 3

Darren Mckinney (D) 77 15 1,861 1,953 53.0%

John Blakney (R) 90 20 1,623 1,733 47.0%

Total: 167 35 3,484 3,686

District Judge,

District 10

Phil Best 95 43 2,466 2,604 25.0%

John Kane 323 195 7,290 7,808 75.0%

Total: 418 238 9,756 10,412

State Question

No. 770

For the proposal - yes 415 226 9,231 9,872 91.0%

Against the proposal - no 32 24 924 980 9.0%

Total: 447 250 10,155 10,852

State Question

No. 771

For the proposal - yes 418 219 9,247 9,884 90.9%

Against the proposal - no 31 28 932 991 9.1%

Total: 449 247 10,179 10,875

City of Pawhuska Proposition 1

For the proposition - yes 19 91 597 707 86.4%

Against the proposition - no 0 12 99 111 13.6%

Total: 19 103 696 818

City of Pawhuska Proposition 2

For the proposition - yes 18 94 605 717 88.0%

Against the proposition - no 1 8 89 98 12.0%

Total: 19 102 694 815

City of Pawhuska Proposition 3

For the proposition - yes 13 77 471 561 68.9%

Against the proposition - no 6 23 224 253 31.1%

Total: 19 100 695 814

City of Pawhuska Proposition 4

For the proposition - yes 17 81 510 608 74.2%

Against the proposition - no 2 20 189 211 25.8%

Total: 19 101 699 819