Live Blog: Stitt, McCray, Nichols declared winners in Oklahoma runoff
11:30 pm Jason Nichols spoke to his supporters and posted a note on Facebook. Nichols is now the Democratic nominee and will run against Rep. Markwayne Mullin in November. Both men are citizens of the Cherokee Nation.
"... while each of us carries within us our own personal beliefs as Oklahomans, we collectively hold near and dear to us a set of Oklahoma values that bonds us. They aren’t simply Democratic or Republican values, or Libertarian or Independent values … they are, indeed, non-partisan," Nichols said. "I believe it is truly time to start putting people ahead of politics and money. Eastern Oklahomans deserve a public servant who encourages their civic participation and respects their uniqueness. Eastern Oklahomans deserve a Congressman who wants the government to work for the people who live here, not to benefit some faceless special interests from another state."
10:30 pm Amanda Douglas was defeated in her bid for Oklahoma's first congressional district. She was defeated by Tulsa attorney Tim Gilpin for the Democratic nomination.
Douglas, Cherokee, was one of three Native American women running for the House of Representatives. Deb Haaland, Laguna Pueblo, in New Mexico and Sharice Davids, Ho Chunk, in Kansas won their primary elections.
10 pm We should start to get results from Arizona. (And we will be listening to KTNN for Navajo Nation presidential primary numbers).
The U.S. House race for Oklahoma's second congressional district is historic and will be fascinating. Jason Nichols, Cherokee, and the Democratic challenger. He will face Rep. Markwayne Mullin, Cherokee, the Republican incumbent. Mullin broke his pledge to only serve three terms (ticking off some of his more conservative supporters). He told voters in a public meeting that they did not pay his salary, his taxes did. He is one of only two tribal citizens now serving in Congress along with Rep. Tom Cole.
This is the first race for Congress where tribal citizens are on the both sides of the ballot. How do I know that? There is no way to know for certain but it's so rare to have a Native American running for Congress in general, let alone two in one race. I have been tracking candidates for about two decades so you would have to go back further than that to be sure.
Nichols is the mayor of Tahlequah. Mullin won two years ago with 70 percent of the vote. And Mullin will have money. Lots of money. His latest financial report to the FEC shows more more than $1.2 million in contributions. Nichols has raised under $70,000.
9:50 pm Intereresting perspective from FiveThirtyEight: NATHANIEL RAKICH: "Here’s a crazy-sounding statement that may actually be true: After tonight, Democrats have a better chance at winning the Oklahoma governorship than the Florida governorship."
From the Norman Transcript calling the McCray race.
Kevin Stitt, Cherokee, has won the nomination for governor. He could be the first tribal citizen to lead the state. Stitt participated in a candidate forum on tribal issues and has promised to work with the tribes. He has a business background and said he will look at state government through that lens.
US House, 2nd district. Jason Nichols said on Facebook tonight that he would be on "radio silence." He said: "You never know how these things are going to turn out. We've worked hard, many of you right along side me as we traveled the state to make this happen. Whatever the result, I've made some great friends and met some wonderful people. Thank you, ahead of time, for EVERYTHING."
Nichols is getting awfully close to a win. There are now 478 of 522 precincts reporting and he has a 57 percent to 43 percent lead over Clay Padgett.
One race we are not covering is Florida ... that said. It's interesting that yet another person of color has won a party nomination. From The Washington Post: "Andrew Gillum, the Tallahassee mayor who ran to the left of the field and rallied with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), rode a late surge to victory in the race for the Democratic nomination for governor of Florida, the Associated Press projected. He defeated a field that included Gwen Graham, a one-term member of Congress whose father served as U.S. senator and Florida governor, and Philip Levine, the wealthy former mayor of Miami Beach."
The diversity of the country is starting to be reflected in politics.
Ashley McCray continues to have a commanding lead. The percentages have not changed since our last report. One interesting tidbit: She is funding her campaign online. According to CrowdPac, McCray has raised $7,792, mostly coming in small batches. Thirty-eight people gave $10.
Ashley McCray, posting on Facebook earlier today, said "the truth is, women like me aren't supposed to run. Young, indigenous, working class yet unabashedly proud of who I am and where I come from. They want us silent, they want us unaware, they want us gone."
Yet here she is. Winning. Now more than half the precincts are reporting in and McCray has 62.83 percent compared to 37.17 percent for Cummings.
Remember that Cummings is a Democrat who has worked in the oil and gas industry for three decades. While McCray is running on a platform that calls for Oklahoma to go another direction, a future that involves alternative and renewable energy.
This is Oklahoma -- an oil state -- and voters in November will have a contrast between McCray and her eventual Republican opponent.
In the Republican governor's race, Kevin Stitt continues his lead with 1086 of 1951 precincts reporting. He has nearly 55 percent of the vote to Cornett's 45 percent.
Jason Nichols also continues to lead in his bid for the Democratic nomination for the second congressional district. He leads Clay Padgett, 57 percent to 43 percent with 370 of 522 precincts reporting.
And in the first district, Amanda Douglas trails Tim Gilpin by a 60-40 margin.
Good evening. We are following election results tonight in Oklahoma, Arizona, and from the Navajo Nation presidential race.
Oklahoma voters could nominate the first tribal citizen to ever lead the state, Republican Kevin Stitt, Cherokee, (given Oklahoma's history, that's remarkable that it has not happened) as well as a nominating Ashley McCray, Absentee Shawnee, as the Democratic candidate to regulate the oil and gas industry. There are also two congressional races involving Native candidates, Amanda Douglas in the first district and Jason Nichols in the second.
Early numbers (13 percent reporting)
Ashley McCray leads Blake Cummings 65 to 35 percent for Corporation Commission nomination.
Kevin Stitt leads Mick Cornett for GOP governor nod, 53 percent to 47 percent.
Tim Gilpin is ahead of Amanda Douglas in the US House 1st race, 60 percent to 40 percent.
And with 38 percent reporting:
Jason Nichols leads Clay Padgett in the US House 2nd district, 56 percent to 44 percent.
If Nichols wins the nomination, Cherokee tribal citizens will be on both sides of the November ballot, Republican Markwayne Mullin versus Nichols.