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Decision 2018: Texomans vote

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In addition to the race for a key U.S. Senate seat in Texas and the Oklahoma battle to succeed Gov. Mary Fallin, there are a number of other races drawing interest across Texoma. Here are a few of them:

OKLAHOMA STATE QUESTIONS

Oklahoma voters narrowly rejected a statewide referendum backed by Walmart to allow optometrists and opticians to operate in retail stores and a separate measure to let school districts use property tax revenue for classroom needs instead of only for a district's building fund.

  • State Question No. 793 asked whether retail merchants should be permitted to establish optometrist or optician offices. The measure was defeated by fewer than 6,000 votes out of 1.16 million cast.
  • State Question No. 794 would protect the rights of victims in the same manner that defendants' rights are currently guaranteed. The measure received overwhelming support, with 78 percent approval.
  • State Question No. 798 would require candidates for Governor and Lieutenant Governor from the same party to run together on a single ticket. Fifty-four percent of voters opposed the change.
  • State Question No. 800 would create the Oklahoma Vision Fund with money coming from oil and gas production taxes. Voters defeated the measure 57 to 43 percent.
  • State Question No. 801 was narrowly defeated 50.4 to 49.6 percent. It would have amended the Oklahoma Constitution to permit certain ad valorem taxes levied by school districts to be used for operations in addition to a building fund. 

OKLAHOMA CONGRESSIONAL AND LEGISLATIVE SEATS

Republicans maintained their hold on Oklahoma government from the state to the federal levels in the midterm elections, save for one bright spot for Democrats.

Democrat Kendra Horn upset incumbent Republican Steve Russell Tuesday in the Oklahoma City-based District 5 race. Republicans will represent Oklahoma's four other congressional seats in Washington.

Political newcomer and Republican Kevin Stitt rode his outsider status to a big win to replace term-limited Gov. Mary Fallin and Republicans won all other statewide races in the general election.

Only a handful of the nearly 50 teachers on the ballot were successful in their races for state legislative seats, but there will still be more educators in the Legislature.

Three Democratic incumbents, including House Minority Leader Rep. Steve Kouplen of Beggs, were defeated.

WHITESBORO ALCOHOL SALES

Voters in this Grayson County community approved a proposition to legalize the sale of alcoholic beverages. The final vote was 887 for and 395 against.

Supporters of the measure said it would provide added tax revenue to the city which could be used to improve infrastructure; opponents said they feared that ending the ban would have an impact on safety.

GRAYSON COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY

Republican incumbent Brett Smith had no problem fending off a challenge from Democratic candidate Pamela McGraw with 75 percent of the vote.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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