The Latest: Some Cornett voters say Trump not an issue
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Latest on Oklahoma’s primary runoff election (all times local):
Some Republican voters in Oklahoma City say President Donald Trump and his policies are having little effect on who they vote for in Tuesday’s GOP runoff for governor.
Former Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett and Tulsa businessman Kevin Stitt have sparred over support for Trump and his immigration policies. But 75-year-old asset manager Fred Minter of Oklahoma City said Tuesday that Trump’s policies had no effect on his vote for Cornett.
Voter Marveta Williams, an 80-year-old retiree, says she voted for Cornett but does not like Trump and wishes “he wouldn’t be quite so vulgar.”
Voter Janet Cook says she also voted for Cornett and that someone who aligns themselves with Trump is not likely to get her vote. Cook, a 63-year-old interior designer, says Trump is doing some good things but displays “poor manners.”
Oklahoma voters will decide the final slate of nominees for governor and other statewide, congressional and legislative races in the 2018 general election.
Polls opened at 7 a.m. Tuesday and will close at 7 p.m.
The Republican gubernatorial race between former Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett and Tulsa businessman Kevin Stitt tops a slate of GOP runoffs for statewide positions.
Former Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson won the Democratic nomination for governor over former state Sen. Connie Johnson in the June 26 primary election. Edmondson unsuccessfully sought the Democratic nomination for governor eight years ago.
The gubernatorial nominees are vying to replace term-limited Republican Gov. Mary Fallin in the first open governor’s race since 2010.
The general election will be held on Nov. 6.
The race for the GOP nomination to replace Oklahoma’s term-limited Gov. Mary Fallin tops this week’s unusually high number of primary runoff elections.
Former Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett and Tulsa mortgage company owner Kevin Stitt are pitching their case to Republican voters heading into Tuesday’s vote, as are candidates for several other statewide and congressional offices.
A record number of candidates sought political office this year, with eight-year term limits forcing open nearly every statewide elected office following the Republican Party’s sweep of power in Oklahoma in 2010. This year’s candidate filing period also coincided with a teacher walkout that prompted dozens of public school teachers to seek office.
Polls are open across the state from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.