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Politics

June 30, 2012

Republicans dash to the runoff

Mullin, Faught to face off on Aug. 28

CLAREMORE —  

Rogers County Republicans have a choice for District 2 Congressman — Markwayne Mullin or George Faught.
The pair finished first and second in last Tuesday’s Primary Election in their bid to be their party’s nominee in November. 
Mullin garnered 11,980 votes while Faught received 6,568 votes.
Since Mullin did not achieve a 50 percent majority, he and Faught will face off in the Aug.  28 runoff election.
“Obviously, with two candidates we will be linking the differences, the experience levels,” Faught said. 
It is now important to draw the differences between the two candidates, according to Faught.
The candidates will have to explain the way they will approach the general election, he said.
“The Democrats want to keep the seat and are willing to do anything,” Faught said. “I have been vetted and we feel we are in the best position to win.”
The core message is the same, however Faught plans to expand the conversation to let voters know what his plans are to address the issues.
Faught will take on certain topics, including the drudging of the inland ports including the Tulsa Port of Catoosa.
That waterway is “so important,” if it is opened it creates more opportunities for growth, takes stress of the highway system and lesson the dependence on the Mississippi River, according to Faught.
Faught plans to focus on getting the government out of the way so that businesses can survive. It will be one of his main focuses.
The Faught campaign plans to continue to identify these issues and listen to people in the communities across the district to see what is impacting them directly.
“Thirty-one percent of the voters will now be taking a second look at the candidates,” Faught said. “We will continue our grassroots effort and reach out to them.” 
Mullin is taking a different approach. He is sticking to his original message and expanding his policy statements to reach voters.

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