OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Republican US House of Representatives Markwayne Mullin, a citizen of Cherokee Nation, becomes the first Native American elected to the US Senate in nearly 20 years if elected Tuesday.
In an unusual twist in this election cycle, both Oklahoma State Senators will be on the ballot. U.S. Senator Jim Inhoff shook up his state politics by announcing that he would resign before the end of this year’s term.
In Inhofe’s race for seat, Mullin, 45, will face former Democratic US House of Representatives Kendra Horn, 46, who in 2018 ousted a second-term incumbent Republican from a seat that had been in Republican hands for 40 years.
But winning a seat in the House of Representatives in an increasingly diverse and progressive city is not the same as winning an election for the entire state of Oklahoma, where registered Republicans make up more than 50% of registered voters. Democrats are less than 30%. Most polls have found Mullin to comfortably beat Horn, Libertarian Robert Murphy and the independent Ray Woods.
If elected, according to US Senate records, Merlin would become the first Native American to the US Senate since former Democratic Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell left the Senate in 2005.
In another U.S. Senate primary in Oklahoma, Republican James Lankford, 54, along with Liberals Kenneth Blevins and independent Michael Delaney, are cybersecurity industry experts unrelated to Kendra Horn. Face the challenge of political newcomer Madison Horn (32).
Faced with some criticism for trying to delay certification of President Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential election, Langford responded to Tulsa’s fierce primal challenge, who criticized Langford for not fully accepting the lie that former President Donald Trump stole the election. faced
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