By James Beaty
Markwayne Mullin headed toward victory in the District 2 Congressional race Tuesday night, garnering the most votes in Pittsburg County and in the rest of the 26-county district, according to unofficial election results.
Mullin, the Republican candidate from Westville and the owner of a plumbing company, came out ahead of Democratic candidate and longtime prosecutor Rob Wallace as well as Independent candidate Michael Fulks to win the District 2 race, based on the unofficial election tallies.
With 521 of the 530 precincts in the 26 counties reporting Tuesday night, Mullin garnered a total of 140,461 ballots, for 57.4 percent of the vote.
Wallace, of Fort Gibson, had 93,667 ballots, or 38.3 percent of the votes, according to the district-wide results in the 521 precincts.
Fulks, of Heavener, received 10,536 ballots, or 4.3 percent of the vote.
In Pittsburg County, Mullin had 8,285 votes, or 53.41 percent of the ballots, compared to 6,498 votes, or 41.89 percent for Wallace. Fulks had 729 votes, for 4.70 percent of the ballots.
The District 2 office represents 26 counties in eastern Oklahoma, stretching from the Texas to the Kansas borders to the south and north, and to the Arkansas border to the east.
Current District 2 U.S. Rep. Dan Boren, a Muskogee Democrat, didn’t seek re-election this year, throwing the race wide open.
Wallace, a former district attorney for LeFlore and Latimer counties and a former assistant U.S. attorney had made one of the main points of his campaign his professed stand against selling Oklahoma water to Texas.
Mullin had hammered on his (Mullin’s) opposition to President Barack Obama and said he would help repeal Obamacare if elected.
Wallace maintained trying to repeal Obamacare was a moot point, since similar measures had already passed in the House, but failed in the Senate.
Mullin said in an earlier interview with the News-Capital that he’s a conservative businessman who can relate to those who operate businesses and companies and who must meet payrolls, because he’s been doing it himself for years.
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