Incumbent Superintendent defeated in primary: Oklahoma state executive primary elections review

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June 25, 2014

June 25, 2014 Primary Recap
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By Garrett Fortin

The 2014 Oklahoma primary elections were held on June 24, 2014. Of the four contested primaries for statewide executive offices, only the Democratic nomination for superintendent will be decided in a primary runoff on August 26. The biggest event of the night, though, was the overwhelming victory of Joy Hofmeister, a Republican candidate for superintendent, over the incumbent, Janet Barresi. Hofmeister won more than 50% of the vote and avoided a runoff while pushing Barresi into third place behind another candidate, Brian S. Kelly.


Oklahoma Governor
See also: Oklahoma gubernatorial election, 2014

Incumbent Republican Mary Fallin easily defeated two primary challengers. She will face Democrat Joe Dorman in November, as well as two independent candidates: Richard Prawdzienski and Kimberly Willis.

Governor of Oklahoma, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMary Fallin 75.5% 200,035
Chad Moody 15.4% 40,839
Dax Ewbank 9.1% 24,020
Total Votes 264,894
Election Results Via:Oklahoma State Election Board.




Oklahoma down ballot offices
See also: Oklahoma down ballot state executive elections, 2014

The superintendent race was the big state executive race of the night. 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.[1]

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.[2][3] 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.[4] 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.[5] In total, there were three Republicans and four Democrats contesting the superintendent primaries on June 24.

  • Superintendent
Joy Hofmeister defeated Janet Barresi in the Republican primary, receiving enough votes to avoid a runoff, and will face the winner of the Democratic runoff.
Oklahoma Superintendent, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJoy Hofmeister 57.6% 151,124
Brian S. Kelly 21.4% 56,060
Janet Barresi 21% 55,048
Total Votes 262,232
Election Results Via:Oklahoma State Election Board.
Oklahoma Superintendent, Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Cox 41% 68,889
Green check mark transparent.pngFreda Deskin 38.2% 64,135
Jack Herron 13.3% 22,335
Ivan Holmes 7.4% 12,504
Total Votes 167,863
Election Results Via:Oklahoma State Election Board.


  • Insurance Commissioner
Incumbent John Doak defeated challenger Bill Viner and, with no opposition from other parties, has secured re-election.
Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Doak 77.5% 189,893
Bill Viner 22.5% 55,173
Total Votes 245,066
Election Results Via:Oklahoma State Election Board.


  • Corporation Commissioner
In the race for this open seat, Todd Hiett defeated Cliff Branan and faces no opposition from other parties.
Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTodd Hiett 52.2% 128,173
Cliff Branan 47.8% 117,169
Total Votes 245,342
Election Results Via:Oklahoma State Election Board.


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