Oklahoma: No Surprises Expected in State Primaries Today

Posted July 28, 2008 at 6:25pm

For those keeping track, it’s primary day in the Sooner State, though with all incumbents seeking re-election, little drama is expected.

Sen. James Inhofe (R) is facing nominal competition from three Republican opponents, including Baptist pastor Dennis Lopez, frequent candidate Evelyn Rogers and attorney Ted Ryals. Inhofe’s likely opponent in the general election, state Sen. Andrew Rice, is projected to easily get by frequent candidate Jim Rogers in the Democratic primary.

In the 1st district, multimillionaire technology consultant Georgianna Oliver (D) is looking to challenge Rep. John Sullivan (R). But first, she must beat liberal activist Mark Manley in the Democratic primary. Sullivan is facing nominal opposition in the primary in the form of GOP activist Fran Moghaddam.

In the 2nd district, Rep. Dan Boren is joined in the Democratic primary by construction worker Kevin Coleman, although this contest is far from competitive. Raymond Wickson, who has run for the Republicans in the past two elections, is on the ballot again for the GOP.

In the 3rd district, Rep. Frank Lucas is is running unopposed in the Republican primary. Civil engineer Frankie Robbins is running unopposed in the Democratic primary.

National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Tom Cole, running for re-election in the 4th district, also managed to avoid primary competition. Energy consultant Blake Cummings is running unopposed in the Democratic primary.

In the 5th district, freshman Rep. Mary Fallin is running unopposed in the Republican primary. However, two Democrats are seeking the right to challenge her in November: teacher Bert Smith, who ran for the seat in the previous cycle, and Steven Perry.

With most of these races featuring only two primary candidates, it appears unlikely that any of them will advance to a runoff, which would be held on Aug. 26.