Oklahoma: Russell, McAffrey win runoffs. In the runoffs to choose nominees to fill the congressional seat of US Rep. James Lankford (R) in Oklahoma’s 5th District (Oklahoma City, etc.), on the GOP side, state Sen. Steve Russell, with 59%, defeated Corporation Commissioner Patrice Douglas, with 41%. For the Democrats, state Sen. Al McAffrey beat retired professor Tom Guild by 54% to 46%. Of note: 19,200 voted in the Democratic runoff, 32,700 in the Republican runoff. The GOP is expected to hold the seat in November.
Florida: Curbelo wins primary. In Florida’s 26th District (Miami, etc.), Carlos Curbelo, a member of the Miami-Dade School Board, easily won the Republican congressional primary, with 47% of the vote in a 5-candidate race. Former US Rep. David Rivera (R) finished fourth with 8%. The November race between Curbelo and freshman US Rep. Joe Garcia (D) is expected to be hard-fought, and costly.
South Carolina: Perry indictment has legs. “Recently indicted Texas Governor Rick Perry is coming to South Carolina to fundraise with Nikki Haley!” is the headline on an email fundraising solicitation from the South Carolina Democratic Party. “Birds of a feather flock together right?” asks the email, then goes on to say that Perry “was recently indicted for political bribery and coercion,” a partisan description of Perry’s efforts, legal or otherwise, to remove a DUI-convicted prosecuting attorney from office. Haley faces a stiff challenge from state Sen. Vincent Sheheen (D).