Tough campaign trail ahead for Corporation Commission challenger

A breakdown of the county voting in this week’s primary election in the race for the Republican nomination  for Oklahoma Corporation  Commissioner shows a steep road ahead for former Senate President pro tempore Brian Bingman.

He won only 16 of the state’s 77 counties. Anthony won in 61 counties. While Bingman  easily won his home Creek County with a margin of 57% to 31% for incumbent Commissioner Bob Anthony, Bingman failed to win adjacent Tulsa County. Tulsa county has the second largest population  in the state but voters went to Commissioner Anthony who picked up nearly 47% compared to Bingman’s 41%.

Anthony received 34,516 votes in Tulsa County while Bingman got 30,612 votes. Most of Bingman’s victories were in eastern Oklahoma counties.

The 16 were Adair, Caddo, Craig, Creek, Delaware, Harmon, Haskill, Kay, Latimer, McIntosh, Mayes, Nowata, Okfuskee, Okmulgee, Osage and Pittsburg.

The few exceptions were Caddo and Harmon counties in the southwest and Kay county in the north central part of the state.

Here is the statewide total from the Oklahoma Election Board.

1951 of 1951 Precincts Completely Reporting
BOB ANTHONY 8,790 11,106 177,346 197,242 47.17%
BRIAN BINGMAN 4,174 7,754 148,744 160,672 38.42%
HAROLD D. SPRADLING 1,420 2,562 56,281 60,263 14.41%
Total 14,384 21,422 382,371 418,177