There are two hours left until polls close today at 7 p.m. for the Oklahoma Primary Election. Voting was slow at Stephens County Precincts, confirmed Stephens County Election Board Secretary Peggy Winton, at 4:50 p.m. At Elk Ave. Church of Christ Precinct No. 19, in Duncan, only 161 voters had taken advantage of their civic right to vote. Among them was Camilla Childs.
Melva Franks, precinct judge, also said the election was going much slower than expected.
Winton was preparing to begin processing absentee mail-in ballots.
“This day is about over,” Winton said.
There are two Republican races — Senate District 43 and House District 51. Also today, a Democratic ballot for U.S. Representative District 4 has Bert Smith and Donna Marie Bebo vying for a chance to run against incumbent either U.S. Congressman Tom Cole or Gary D. Caissie down the road.
In the Senate race are Peggy Davenport and Clark Southard of Duncan, Corey Brooks of Washington, and Ron Magar of Newcastle; and in the House race are Julie McKinney of Central High, Scott Biggs of Chickasha and Glyn Byte of Blanchard.
Everything hinges on whether or not local candidates secure the majority of votes. If one candidate in either of the races does not earn 50 percent plus one vote, there will be a run off Aug. 28.
Today's temperatures also broke the 100 degree mark.
Stephens County candidates will have watch parties. Davenport will be at the Leon Farris building (old First Bank & Trust at U.S. Hwy. 81 and Plato); Southard will be at Duncan Country and Tennis Club; and McKinney will be at the Stephens County Courthouse. There also will be a Democratic watch party, with candidate Bert Smith, at the Democratic Headquarters, at 12 S. Eighth Street, next to the United Way of Stephens County office.
The Banner will post incoming results as they become available.