Brian S. Kelly
|Brian S. Kelly|
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|Oklahoma Superintendent of Public Instruction|
Kelly ran for election to the office of Oklahoma Superintendent of Public Instruction. Kelly failed to win the Republican nomination in the primary on June 24. The general election takes place November 4, 2014. 
|Oklahoma Superintendent, Republican Primary, 2014|
|Brian S. Kelly||21.4%||56,014|
|Election Results Via:Oklahoma State Election Board Unofficial Results.|
As in other superintendent races across the country, the national debate over the Common Core educational benchmarks has inspired many candidates to throw their hat in the ring to challenge the incumbent, Republican Janet Barresi. This issue gained prominence when Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed a law repealing Common Core standards in Oklahoma, becoming one of the only states to take such a step.
Barresi faced a serious challenge in the primary: one challenger, educator Joy Hofmeister, out-raised Barresi. While Hofmeister had raised almost $1.5 million as of June 9, Barresi has only kept pace by loaning money - over $1.25 million - to her campaign. Both Barresi and Hofmeister, along with most of the other superintendent candidates in both parties, are currently opposed to Common Core and have been trying to pin its implementation on one another in attack ads. In a debate on June 17 that included Hofmeister and the Democratic candidates, all of the candidates expressed opposition to Common Core and support for a change in educational culture. In total, there were three Republicans and four Democrats contesting the superintendent primaries on June 24.
Hofmeister defeated Barresi in the Republican primary, receiving enough votes to avoid a runoff, and will face the winner of the Democratic runoff.
|2014 Republican primary for Oklahoma Superintendent|
|Poll||Janet Costello Barresi||Joy Hofmeister||Brian S. Kelly||Unsure||Margin of Error||Sample Size|
May 5-10, 2014
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- Oklahoma State Election Board, "Candidates for Federal, State, Legislative and Judicial Offices," April 14, 2014
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- NewsOn6, "Governor Fallin Signs Bill To Repeal, Replace Common Core Standards," June 5, 2014
- The Oklahoman, "Challenger for Oklahoma schools superintendent position out-raises opponent in campaign funds," November 2, 2013
- NewsOK, "Oklahoma state schools superintendent loans campaign almost $1 million in last month," June 18, 2014
- The Oklahoman, "Barresi campaign says rival would deprive Oklahoma children with special needs of education opportunities," June 5, 2014
- Tulsa World, "State superintendent candidates, minus Barresi, meet in Owasso forum," June 18, 2014
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