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Republican attorney general candidates Gentner Drummond (left) and Mike Hunter, the incumbent, debate at a Tulsa Republican Club meeting. They are headed for an August runoff. MATT BARNARD/Tulsa World

Republican candidates for attorney general, state superintendent and lieutenant governor are all headed to the August runoff.

In the heated attorney general race, Mike Hunter had 44.5 percent of the votes over Gentner Drummond’s 38.5 percent. Democrat Mark Myles will face the winner in November.

The race for attorney general got negative, Drummond acknowledged to supporters at his Tulsa watch party.

“I don’t think that voters enjoy the negative tone, and I certainly don’t want it to be a negative tone,” Drummond said. “I think that if we can just stay on message and talk about the differences in leadership and what we both represent and stand for, I think it will be clear in August that Oklahoma will choose me.”

Hunter addressed his supporters at an Oklahoma City watch party, telling them that nothing is ever easy, and that the last 10 weeks have definitely not been easy.

The campaign is in good shape, he said, despite Drummond putting more than $1 million into the race.

“This office is not for sale,” Hunter said, prompting applause from supporters. “Thank you for your support. It is on to August. August looks good.”

Drummond has put at least $1.25 million of his own money into the campaign, while Hunter — surprised by Drummond’s candidacy — has had to put $450,000 into his.

Drummond kept his plans to run secret until the April filing period, then hit Hunter with an eligibility challenge and advertising campaign. Hunter fought back by questioning Drummond’s ethics and competency.

Besides his law practice, Drummond is involved in banking and other businesses and operates an Osage County ranch.

Hunter has held several elected and appointed offices in state government over the past 30 years, including two tours as secretary of state. Gov. Mary Fallin appointed him attorney general in February 2017 after Scott Pruitt resigned to become head of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Other races

State superintendent: Incumbent Joy Hofmeister will face former State Secretary of Education Linda Murphy in the runoff. Democrat John Cox and independent Larry Huff are also running.

Lieutenant governor: Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner Dana Murphy, who carried more than 45 percent of the vote, and former Oklahoma Republican Party Chairman Matt Pinnell will meet in the runoff. The Democratic race was too close as of 11 p.m. In a two-person race, Anastasia Pittman had 50.3 percent of the vote and Anna Dearmore had 49.7 percent.

State auditor: Cindy Byrd and Charlie Prater appeared to be headed for a runoff in the Republican primary. At 11 p.m., Byrd had more than 49 percent — just short of what was needed. Charlie Prater had 42 percent.

Corporation commissioner: Incumbent Bob Anthony and Brian Bingman will meet in the Republican runoff. Anthony narrowly missed winning the nomination, picking up 47 percent of the vote. Bingman had 38 percent.Democrat Ashley Nicole McCray was just short of the majority needed. She had nearly 49 percent and will face Blake Cummings, who had 22 percent in the four-person field.

Labor commissioner: Cathy Costello will meet Leslie Osborn in the Republican runoff. In the Democratic race, Fred Dorrell won by a nearly 3-to-1 margin over Sam A Mis-Soum.

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