Voters to decide if they want Murphy as a candidate for Lieutenant Governor

Voters on Tuesday will decide if they want Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner Dana Murphy to be the Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor.

She’s giving up her Commission seat in a bid to become the state’s second in command but faces a runoff with former GOP leader Matt Pinnell.

In the June primary, Murphy ended up with 45.84% of the votes for the Republican nomination. She needed 50 percent plus one to win the nomination. Pinnell finished with 35.69% of the votes.

As the two entered the runoff, reports indicated Murphy had received more than $1 million in contributions while Pinnell’s report showed his totaled $809,000.

Each made weekend last-minute pleas for money and votes.

“I need your support if we’re going to break up the status quo and focus on business growth in our state. Together, we can make Oklahoma a premiere state for the next generation,” said Pinnell in his plea.

“As the mud slinging and negative commercials continue, we will continue to rise about it all and focus on Oklahoma’s future,” stated Murphy’s plea in which her campaign asked for money for “boosting our TV ads in this very close race. Stand against negativity. Donate today!”

The winner will face Democrat Anastasia A. Pittman.