Anthony sets record in election

By Paul English, Capitol Bureau

The Daily Oklahoman - November 9, 2000

A total of 771,609 Oklahomans voted Tuesday for state Corporation Commissioner Bob Anthony, setting a record for the highest number of votes ever received by a candidate for state office in Oklahoma.

Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush garnered 744,337 votes, or 60.3 percent of the votes cast for president in Oklahoma.

Anthony, also a Republican, received 65.8 percent of the vote for corporation commissioner as he won his third six-year term.

The runner-up was Democrat Gilbert S. Bigby, who drew 380,108 votes, or 32.4 percent. Libertarian Roger Bloxham of Tulsa received 24,568 votes, or 1.8 percent.

In the presidential race, Democrat Al Gore received 474,276 votes, or 38.4 percent; Reform candidate Pat Buchanan had 9,014 votes, or 7.3 percent, and Libertarian Harry Browne drew 6,602 votes, or 1.8 percent.

Anthony called his election "a wonderful victory for the ratepayers of Oklahoma."

His vote total was a record for any candidate for state office in Oklahoma, regardless of party affiliation.

The three-member commission regulates public utilities, oil and gas, underground storage tanks and certain motor carrier functions.

Anthony said he was honored to have the opportunity to continue efforts to create jobs, promote industries and play a role in protecting the state's environment.

"Over the past several years, public utility regulation has undergone the most fundamental change in state history," Anthony said.

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