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Byrd wins Republican runoff for state auditor's nomination

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Deputy State Auditor Cindy Byrd won a razor-thin 951-vote victory over Edmond certified public accountant Charlie Prater on Tuesday in the race for the Republican nomination for state auditor and inspector.

Byrd received 143,941 votes (50.17 percent) compared to 142,990 votes (49.83 percent) for Prater with all precincts reporting late Tuesday.

Byrd, 45, of Coalgate, now will face Libertarian candidate John Yeutter, of Tahlequah, in the November general election.

Byrd said Prater called her to graciously concede defeat shortly before 10 p.m. Tuesday.

"It was a nail-biter," Byrd said shortly after the last ballot box was tallied.

Byrd said she was outspent by a wide margin, but attributed her victory to her extensive auditing experience and a "groundswell of support" from the public.

Byrd has worked 21 years for the state auditor's office, performing virtually every type of audit the state agency does.

She was endorsed by current State Auditor Gary Jones, who called her a ‚Äúconsummate professional‚ÄĚ and credited her with putting together the plan that enabled the office to get caught up on county audits.

Jones was term-limited as state auditor and ran unsuccessfully for governor this year.

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