Tuesday's elections were nothing short of spectacular...if you're a Republican. Oklahoma was no different from the majority of other states around the country who saw a surge of Republican victories that were described best by President Obama as : "A Shellacking".
Tulsa stayed true to the trend, with it's only County wide race resulting in a resounding victory for Republican incumbent Ken Yazel, as he retained the County Assessor's office. Yazel, a retired US Marine Corps Major, defeated liberal Democrat Nancy Bolzle by over 40,000 votes.
Bolzle, wife of embattled land developer Bruce Bolzle, seemed to derail during the last week of the campaign. The career lobbyist resorted to one of the most frowned upon mud-fests in recent history, and many Tulsa voters showed their disapproval at the ballot box. As one Tulsa resident put it, "After 2 robo-calls slandering Major Yazel's character, I was so mad I decided to vote early for him."
In addition to tens of thousands of negative phone calls that disturbed the privacy of angry voters, Bolzle also came under fire last week for what proved to be false and misleading ads on the radio and in the mail. Claiming to have the support of over 100 prominent Tulsa Republicans, Bolzle attempted to make the case that local Republicans had disowned Yazel. Upon further review of the Tulsa World and the Tulsa Republican Party, Bolzle's claims turned out to be nothing more than a dishonest hustle to insult the intelligence of her fellow citizens. This strategy only brought unintended consequences to the self professed "Community Organizer". It motivated local Republicans to rally behind Yazel, and brought more public disgrace to the Bolzle name.
Ken Yazel was given plenty of opportunities to fire back at his opponent, but chose to keep the high ground. The voters of Tulsa County spoke for him Tuesday. Here are the results:
According to the Tulsa County Election Board-
FOR COUNTY ASSESSOR
KEN YAZEL (REP) .................. 102,720 62.46%
NANCY BOLZLE (DEM).................. 61,748 37.54%