OKLAHOMA CITY — Republicans in Oklahoma easily held all five seats in the state House of Representatives on Election Day, and the GOP will welcome a new face in the delegation after Senator Jim Inhofe’s retirement plan shakes up politics.
The expansive second congressional district in eastern Oklahoma was vacant in only one of its five districts, leaving Republican fifth-term incumbent Congressman Markwayne Mullin vacated to succeed Senator Inhoff.
Former State Senator Josh Brecheen, a citizen of the Choctaw Nation and owner of a coal county excavation company, took the place on Tuesday, beating up Democrat Naomi Andrews, a political newcomer living outside the Tulsa area. . Bretchin, a former field worker and disciple of late Senator Tom Coburn, an influential figure in state Republican politics, has promised not to serve in the House of Representatives for more than eight years. Merlin made similar promises when he first ran for office in 2012, but he said he would serve only six years, but he broke them when he ran for a fourth term in 2018.
Republican candidates in each of Oklahoma’s five constituencies enjoyed significant funding advantages over Democratic candidates.
Brecheen, who received last-minute support from former President Donald Trump, raised nearly $540,000, according to the most recent campaign finance report, while Andrews raised less than $8,000.
Muskogee’s former Democratic State Senator Ben Robinson also ran as an independent but was reported to have not raised money.
In the 5th House District, which includes most of Oklahoma City, Republican first-term US Representative Stephanie Bice defeated Democrat Joshua Harris-Till and independent David Frosch. This district was Oklahoma’s last district held by former Democratic Representative Kendra Horn, but was re-elected by Republicans after Bice managed to defeat Horn in 2020 to make the area safer for Republicans.
According to the most recent campaign funding report, Bice has raised more than $2.3 million, which is about $53,000 for Harris-Till, one of Oklahoma’s top House candidates.
In the state’s three other congressional districts, incumbent Republican US Representatives Tom Cole, Kevin Hern and Frank Lucas were re-elected.
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