Oklahoma Attorney General election, 2010

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Candidates for State Attorney General, 2010


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The Oklahoma Attorney General election of 2010 was held on November 2, 2010. Incumbent Drew Edmondson had announced in 2009 that he would not pursue re-election. Former Republican State Sen. Scott Pruitt won the race to replace Edmondson, beating out Democrat Jim Priest.

Race tracking

See also: 2010 State Attorneys General/Election Racetracking

Ballotpedia and Governing magazine called the race a safe win for the Republican Party.

2010 Race Rankings for Oklahoma Attorney General
Race Tracker Race Rating
Ballotpedia Likely Republican
Governing[1] Safe Republican
Overall Call Likely Republican

General Election campaign

Candidates

General election results

On November 2, 2010, Scott Pruitt won election to the office of Oklahoma Attorney General. He defeated Jim Priest (D) in the general election.

Oklahoma Attorney General, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngScott Pruitt 65.1% 666,407
     Democratic Jim Priest 34.9% 357,162
Total Votes 1,023,569
Election Results Via: Oklahoma State Board of Elections

Debate

October 22nd - East Central University

Scott Mitchell, News 9 political analyst and host of “Your Vote Counts," moderated the debate between the two major party candidates in the race for state attorney general - Republican Scott Pruitt and Democrat Jim Priest - hosted by East Central University on Friday, October 22nd.

Endorsements

Jim Priest

Scott Pruitt

  • National Rifle Association’s Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF)[4]
  • The Oklahoman, local newspaper[5][6]

Polling

Sooner Poll

Sooner Poll - October 3 - 7, 2010[7]
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Scott Pruitt (R) 49.7%
Jim Priest (D) 30.4%
Undecided 19.3%
Total voters 352

July 27, 2010 primaries

See also: Oklahoma gubernatorial election, 2010

Donkey symbol.png Democratic primary

Candidates

Electoral results

Finances

According to the Oklahoma Ethics Commission, as of July 26, 2010, here is the breakdown of campaign finances for each of the candidates:

Jim Priest Campaign Finance Reports
Report Date Filed Beginning Balance Contributions In-Kind [9] Other Sources Expenditures Cash on Hand
April 1 - July 12, 2010[10] July 19, 2010 $86,862.17 $113,040.00 $0.00 $500.00 $94,534.70 $105,867.47
January 1 - March 31, 2010[10] April 30, 2010 $45,257.30 $86,519.99 $857.00 $0.00 $44,915.12 $86,862.17
October 1 - December 31, 2009[10] February 1, 2010 $0.00 $53,340.00 $0.00 $0.00 $8,082.70 $45,257.30

Gop logo2.jpg Republican primary

Candidates

Drop outs

  • State Senator Clark Jolley withdrew his name from consideration on March 19, 2010, noting that, in order to mount a successful statewide campaign, he "would have to neglect my duties as senator for my district and forsake my responsibilities as a member of the leadership of the Senate Majority Caucus," which he was not willing to do.[13][14]

Electoral results

2010 Race for Attorney General - Republican Primary[15]
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Scott Pruitt (R) 56.1%
Ryan Leonard (R) 43.9%
Total votes 239,644

Endorsements

Oklahoma

Ryan Leonard

  • Cherokee Messenger and Republican, local newspaper[16]
  • Enid News and Eagle, local newspaper[16]
  • Kingfisher Times and Free Press, local newspaper[16]
  • Joe Lester, Cleveland County Sheriff
  • Don Nickles, former United States Senator[17][18]
  • Mike Turpen, former Oklahoma Democratic Party chairman and State Attorney General[19]
  • Tulsa Beacon, local conservative newspaper[20][21]

Scott Pruitt

Finances

According to the Oklahoma Ethics Commission, as of July 26, 2010, here is the breakdown of campaign finances for each of the candidates:

Ryan Leonard Campaign Finance Reports
Report Date Filed Beginning Balance Contributions In-Kind [9] Other Sources Expenditures Cash on Hand
April 1 - July 12, 2010[26] July 19, 2010 $421,503.06 $276,275.00 $3,468.11 $1,140.86 $432,988.89 $265,930.13
January 1 - March 31, 2010[26] April 30, 2010 $317,066.13 $166,904.00 $8,136.86 $886.30 $63,353.37 $421,503.06
October 1 - December 31, 2009[26] February 15, 2010 $245,254.27 $111,520.00 $7,575.00 $1,042.25 $40,750.39 $317,066.13
July 1 - September 30, 2009[26] October 14, 2009 $130,214.70 $155,935.00 $2,888.00 $251.29 $41,146.72 $245,254.27
April 1 - July 12, 2009[26] July 31, 2009 $27,993.00 $119,376.32 $3,524.66 $0.00 $17,154.62 $130,214.70
January 1 - March 31, 2009[26] April 30, 2009 $0.00 $31,835.00 $0.00 $0.00 $3,842.00 $27,993.00
Scott Pruitt Campaign Finance Reports
Report Date Filed Beginning Balance Contributions In-Kind [9] Other Sources Expenditures Cash on Hand
March 23 - July 12, 2010[27] July 19, 2010 $0.00 $225,160.00 $5,472.80 $50,000.00 $261,800.59 $13,359.41

Polling

See also: Polls, 2010 State Attorney General elections
Sooner Poll

SoonerPoll, an Oklahoma-based public opinion pollster, randomly dialed 324 likely voters from across the state of Oklahoma between May 25 and June 9, 2010. The polling data indicates that in spite of the two month difference since the last survey, Leonard has failed to close the gap with his Republican primary opponent. With less than two months before the primary election date, it is becoming increasingly improbable, though certainly not impossible, for Leonard to overcome this hurdle for the nomination. Of the 324 likely voters interviewed, 32.4 percent expressed support for former State Senator Scott Pruitt while only 9.3 percent pledged to vote for his opponent, Ryan Leonard. Still, the majority of those contacted, slightly over fifty-eight percent, voiced no opinion, leaving plenty of time for either candidate in the primary contest to gather sufficient ground.

Sooner Poll - May 25 – June 9, 2010[28]
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Scott Pruitt (R) 32.4%
Ryan Leonard (R) 9.3%
Undecided 58.3%
Total voters 324
CMA Strategies Poll

CMA Strategies, Inc., an Oklahoma-based political consulting firm, was commissioned by the Scott Pruitt campaign in March 2010 to conduct an internal survey of the Republican field in the state attorney general contest. Working in conjunction with Pat McFerron, a veteran Oklahoma pollster, CMA interviewed 500 Republicans with a history of voting in Republican primaries and found that, despite Leonard being the earliest candidate to announce his candidacy for the statewide position, Pruitt held a commanding lead. There are two significant connotations related to this poll - the first is that seventy-four of those surveyed remain undecided and there is plenty of time for Leonard to make up lost ground; the other note is that those interviewed for this poll are not likely voters, but rather those who have a "history" (the poll is unclear on what that means) of participating in Republican primaries.

CMA Strategies Poll - March 23 -25, 2010[29]
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Scott Pruitt (R) 21%
Ryan Leonard (R) 5%
Undecided 74%
Total voters 500

See also

External links

General Election candidates

Former candidates

References

  1. Governing “Attorney General Race Ratings” 12 Oct. 2010
  2. Capitol Beat OK "Jim Priest touts 'LEAP' panel’s recommendations" 24 Aug. 2010
  3. Tulsa World, "Lesser of two lessers" 10 Oct. 2010
  4. The McCarville Report Online, "NRA-PVF Endorses Scott Pruitt" 11 Oct. 2010
  5. The Oklahoman, "Barresi, Miller, Pruitt get our endorsements" 17 Oct. 2010
  6. The McCarville Report Online, "Oklahoman: Barresi, Pruitt, Miller Endorsed" 17 Oct. 2010
  7. SoonerPoll, "Poll finds Republicans poised to sweep Oklahoma’s November election" 13 Oct. 2010
  8. News9 "Democrat Jim Priest to Run for Attorney General" 18 Nov. 2009
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 As these are not cash contributions, they are not reflected in the reported ending balance.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 State Ethics Commission - Jim Priest Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summaries
  11. McCarville Report, "Ryan Leonard Seeks GOP AG Nomination" 18 Feb. 2009
  12. Tulsa World, "Former state senator to seek attorney general post" 8 March, 2010
  13. The McCarville Report Online, "Jolley, Priest Enter Attorney General Race" 18 Nov. 2009
  14. The Edmond Sun, "Jolley bows out of AG’s race" 19 March, 2010
  15. Oklahoma State Election Board - Unofficial Results for 2010 Primary
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 Okie Pundit, "Leonard gains impressive support but Pruitt appears headed for victory" 26 July, 2010
  17. Gorilla Rants, "Leonard Scores Nickles' Endorsement" 15 June, 2010
  18. The McCarville Report Online, "Nickles Endorses Ryan Leonard In AG Primary" 15 June, 2010
  19. The Musings of a Muskogee Politico, "Mike Turpen Endorses Ryan Leonard for AG" 30 June, 2010
  20. Tulsa Beacon, "Leonard for Attorney General" 8 July, 2010
  21. Okie Pundit, "Ryan Leonard, Jason Reese Win Tulsa Beacon Endorsement" 8 July, 2010
  22. Can-Do Conservatives of America - Endorsements
  23. Huck PAC "Huck PAC Endorses Scott Pruitt for Oklahoma Attorney General" 20 April, 2010
  24. Zimbio, "Huck PAC Endorses Scott Pruitt for Oklahoma Attorney General" 22 April, 2010
  25. R3publican, "Sooner Republican Assembly – 2010 Endorsements" 10 July, 2010
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 26.3 26.4 26.5 State Ethics Commission - Ryan Leonard Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summaries
  27. State Ethics Commission - Scott Pruitt Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summaries
  28. SoonerPoll, "Attorney General race shapes up, Undecideds remain high" 18 June, 2010
  29. The Musings of a Muskogee Politico, "Campaign Poll Shows Pruitt With Lead in AG Race" 31 March, 2010