Rep. Fallin notches easy win in GOP primary for governor

Rep. Mary Fallin (R-Okla.) cruised to victory in Tuesday’s Republican primary for governor. 

The Associated Press called the race for Fallin with 35 percent of precincts reporting. Fallin had 60 percent of the vote to state Sen. Randy Brogdon’s 34 percent.    

Fallin was the prohibitive favorite in the race and the pick of the Republican Governors Association.

She held a large cash advantage, and polls had her ahead of Brogdon by as many as 35 points in the lead-up to Election Day.

Fallin was backed by the pro-life group The Susan B. Anthony List, which hailed her victory Tuesday. “This latest win for an authentic, pro-life woman candidate continues the momentum that is making 2010 ‘the year of the pro-life woman,’ ” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the group’s candidate fund. “In Congress, Representative Fallin has been a vocal advocate for the unborn and their mothers.”

Fallin actually passed up the chance to vote for herself in Tuesday’s primary, opting instead to be in Washington to cast a vote on an emergency funding bill for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

Fallin and Rep. Tom Cole (R) rushed out of the House chamber after the vote to get a flight back to Oklahoma to make their respective campaign victory parties. 

—Updated at 10:40

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