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Oklahoma state executive official elections, 2012

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Two state executive positions were up for election in 2012 in the state of Oklahoma.

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The primary was held on June 26, 2012 and the general election took place on November 6, 2012.

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission is composed of three individuals, one of whom serves the role of chairperson. The chairwoman at the time of the election, Dana Murphy (R), was first elected to a partial, two-year term on the commission in 2008 and then won election to a full six-year term in 2010, becoming the commission's chair on January 3, 2011. The other two seats were up for election in 2012, one seat for a regular term expiring in 2019 and one seat for the remainder of former commissioner Jeff Cloud's unexpired term, ending in 2015.

When Cloud resigned in 2011, Gov. Mary Fallin appointed Republican Patrice Douglas to replace him until the 2012 election. Douglas ran unopposed for election to the short-term seat. [1]

Defending his long-term seat on the commission, Bob Anthony won re-election to a fifth six-year term in 2012. He defeated one challenger, Brooks Mitchell, in the Republican primary race on June 26, and was unopposed in the general election on November 6.[2]

Mitchell, the only one of the trio of all-Republican candidates to file by the April 13 deadline who did not serve on the commission, was a former Corporation Commission administrator and public accountant. Mitchell laid out his intentions for seeking the commissioner seat against its perennial occupant, Anthony, on his campaign website. "The agency that regulates public utilities and the state’s oil and natural gas industry needs to be modernized," he said. If elected, he said he would accomplish this modernization through the introduction of new technologies.[3]

The terms of office for the Oklahoma Corporation Commission were amended in 2010.

See also: Article 9, Section 15 of the state constitution

Short-term seat

  • Appointed commissioner Patrice Douglas was elected to fill out the remainder of her predecessor's term, expiring in 2015. She faced neither primary nor general election opposition and won election to the remainder of her term in November.
Oklahoma Corporation Commission Short-term seat General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPatrice Douglas Incumbent 100%% 0
Total Votes 0
Election Results via Oklahoma State Board of Elections.

Full-term seat

Incumbent Bob Anthony won the June 26th primary and faced no Democratic challenger in the November 6 general election, winning re-election.[2]

Oklahoma Corporation Commission Full-term seat General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBob Anthony Incumbent 100%% 0
Total Votes 0
Election Results via Oklahoma State Board of Elections.

Short-term seat

Long-term seat


Republican primary candidates
Oklahoma Corporation Commission Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBob Anthony Incumbent 64.8% 108,624
Brooks Mitchell 35.2% 58,890
Total Votes 167,514

Results are unofficial.

Democratic primary candidates

No Democratic candidates filed for this office.

Deadline Event
April 11-13 Candidate filing period
April 17 Deadline for candidates to withdraw from the primary election/contests of candidacy
June 1 Last day to register for vote for primary election
June 22, 23 & 25 Early voting days
June 26 Primary election
Aug 3 Last day to register to vote for primary runoff election (if necessary)
Aug 24, 25 & 27 Early voting days for primary runoff (if necessary)
Aug 28 Primary runoff election (if necessary)
Oct 12 Last day to register to vote for general election
Nov 2, 3 & 5 Early voting days
Nov 6 General election

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