Technical difficulties at the LeFlore County Election Board resulted in a delay in the results of several races leaving candidates wondering the outcome overnight.
Tuesday’s Primary Election included five races, one of which has possibly resulted in a runoff election on August 28.
The LeFlore County Sheriff’s Democratic race was neck-to-neck in the beginning between incumbent Bruce Curnutt, Rob Seale and Kendall Morgan. After the closing of the polls and the ballots were counted, the unofficial results were Curnutt - 2,132, Seale - 1,780, Morgan - 1,517 and Helms - 444. Since none of the four candidates obtained 51 percent of the votes, a run-off election in August between Curnutt and Seale will be held.
Curnutt, who held his watch party with supporters at the Donald W. Reynolds Center was glad to be the top candidate during the primary.
“We wanted to win without a runoff as any politician or candidate would want,” said Curnutt. “We will roll our sleeves up, work harder and try to sway some of the Morgan and Helms votes to our side. I would much rather be in the lead instead of the other direction. I still think the people of LeFlore County want the most experienced, efficient and effective person for the job and if that’s the case I think they will vote for me.”
Seale was surprised by the low voter turnout during Tuesday’s election but it didn’t damper his spirits.
“I don’t think it was a good voter turnout. It’s less than the last election, said Seale. “I’m disappointed with the total voter turnout but I am happy to be in the runoff.”
With the unofficial tally showing Morgan trailing behind Curnutt and Seale at the end of the evening, Morgan is hopeful the absentee ballot goes in his favor and puts him in the runoff in place of Seale.
“I feel good about tonight,” said Morgan. “The absentees will tell the story and hopefully they will pull me through.”
Helms was unavailable for comment Tuesday evening.
In the Corporation Commissioner race Bob Anthony defeated Brooks Mitchell 594 to 418.
Markwayne Mullin won the Republican vote in LeFlore County in the United States Representative District 2 race with 30.27 percent of the vote while Rob Wallace received the Democratic vote topping his opponents with 64.07 percent.
Incumbent James Lockhart will face Roger Mattox for State Representative District 3 after his defeat of Traci Barnes by more than 1,800 votes.
The race for LeFlore County Clerk and LeFlore County Commissioner District 2 were shut outs as incumbents Kelli Ford and Lance Smith beat out their opponents carrying more than 70 percent of the votes in their respective races.
Proposition No. 1 for the Town of Cameron failed by eight votes during yesterday's election.