A few days ago we posted Oklahoma Creationism: Governor’s Race and More. Republican State Senator Randy Brogdon was on the 27 July primary ballot to determine the GOP candidate for Governor. He’s a flaming, full-blown, flat-out creationist, with Tea Party support. As we said before:
Randy Brogdon, who could usually be depended upon to introduce creationist legislation every year, as he did in 2009. His efforts have so far have gone nowhere. See: Creationist Oklahoma Legislator Throws Tantrum.
We also mentioned that in the same primary election, Susan Paddack was running against fellow Democrat Jerry Combrink for superintendent of public instruction. Combrink believes that intelligent design, the biblical story of Creation and the theory of evolution should be taught in public schools.
The election was yesterday and you’re all wondering — what happened? The Associated Press reports: Women to head GOP, Democratic tickets in Oklahoma.
Brogdon isn’t a woman, so the headline gives us a happy clue. Here are some excerpts, with bold added by us:
After winning their primary elections late Tuesday, Republican U.S. Rep. Mary Fallin and Democratic Lt. Gov. Jari Askins also ensure that Oklahoma will see its first woman elected governor in November.
The AP reporter is in some kind of frenzy over the fact that women won their primaries. All that concerns us is that Brogdon, the creationist, was defeated. Let’s read on:
“It’s very exciting,” University of Oklahoma political science professor Keith Gaddie said. “It’s one of the few ever all-women gubernatorial elections in the nation’s history and the first for Oklahoma. These don’t happen very often. Not one, but two women nominated by the major parties, and both former lieutenant governors.”
Do people still get excited over stuff like that? It seems that they do. We continue:
Both women gave up their posts to try to replace Democratic Gov. Brad Henry, who cannot run for re-election because of term limits.
We’ll miss Brad Henry. Back in 2008, when all those “academic freedom” bills were floating around in state legislatures — and one actually became law in Louisiana — Henry had the guts to veto the bill that the Oklahoma legislature passed. See: Oklahoma Creationist Bill — It’s Dead!
Okay, that was the good news about the Governor’s race. What about that other primary — the one for superintendent of public instruction? For that we have to go to Janet Barresi wins Republican nomination for Oklahoma superintendent of instruction, which appears at the website of TV station KFSM, located at Fort Smith, Arkansas, near the Oklahoma border. They say:
Republican Janet Barresi has won her party’s nomination for state superintendent of public instruction.
We weren’t watching that one; the creationist was running in the Dem primary. Here’s more:
Barresi will face the winner of the Democratic primary, state Sen. Susan Paddack of Ada, and independent Richard Cooper of Ada in the Nov. 2 general election. With more than 25 percent of the precincts reporting, Paddack had 73 percent of the vote over opponent Jerry Combrink of Durant.
That’s a double piece of good news. Creationists lost in the GOP Governor’s primary and in the Dem primary for superintendent of public instruction. It looks like everything’s OK in Oklahoma!
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