November 28, 2022

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — On Election Day, Republicans in Oklahoma have a huge advantage in retaining all five seats in the state’s House of Representatives, but the GOP may welcome a new face in the delegation after Senator Jim Inhofe’s retirement plan shakes the political scene. will be .

Only one in five constituencies (the expansive second congressional district in eastern Oklahoma) is vacant by five-term GOP incumbent Congressman Markwayne Mullin to replace 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 enjoy greater fundraising benefits than Democrat opponents.

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 Congressional District, which includes most of Oklahoma City, Republican first-term US Representative Stephanie Bice is preferred over 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.

Representative Frank Lucas, the longest-serving member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives delegation, easily dispatched the Democratic nominee on Tuesday.

In the state’s other two House constituencies, incumbent Republicans Tom Cole and Kevin Hern and Frank Lucas are also strong candidates for re-election.

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