Former Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson has defeated ex-state Sen. Connie Johnson to win the Democratic nomination in the race to be the state’s next governor.
Edmondson will face the eventual Republican nominee in November.
Edmondson’s victory Tuesday was something he was unable to do in 2010. He was upset in that Democratic primary by then-Lt. Gov. Jari Askins.
The 71-year-old Edmondson is a Vietnam War veteran from Muskogee who served four terms as Oklahoma attorney general. He had a huge fundraising advantage over Johnson. The $1.5 million he raised was more than 20 times as much as Johnson, a 66-year-old former state senator from Oklahoma City.
Johnson has been a longtime champion of legalizing marijuana and abolishing the death penalty.
Incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Frank Lucas will face a Democratic contender in his bid for a 13th term in Congress.
Lucas advanced to the general election Tuesday after running uncontested for the GOP nomination for re-election to represent Oklahoma’s House District 3.
He is the state’s longest-serving congressman, having been first elected in 1994.
The 3rd Congressional District is the state’s most expansive, stretching from the Panhandle eastward nearly to Tulsa, then southwestward to the Texas state line.
The general election is set for Nov. 6.