Tom Cole, Frank Lucas, Stephanie Bice advance to November general elections
All three of Oklahoma's incumbent U.S. House members on Tuesday's ballot won their primary challenges.
Tom Cole, Frank Lucas and Stephanie Bice will advance to the November election. Tulsa's Kevin Hern was the only Republican to file for Oklahoma's 1st Congressional District, so the sitting congressman will automatically appear on the general election ballot.
There were no Democratic primaries for Oklahoma's five congressional seats.
Stephanie Bice, a former state lawmaker who is running for a second term as Oklahoma City's congressional representative, defeated Edmond real estate agent Subrina Banks with about 68% of the vote. Bice will face Democrat Joshua Harris-Till and independent candidate David K. Frosch in November.
Tom Cole, Norman's congressman for the past two decades, will advance to the general election. Cole, one of the state's most well-known politicians, easily brushed off challenges by Frank Blacke and James Taylor with nearly 70% of the vote.
Cole will face Democrat Mary Brannon in the general election.
Northwestern Oklahoma's representative to Congress, Frank Lucas, led two other Republican candidates for the 3rd Congressional District with over 61% of the vote with nine out of 10 precincts in his district reporting totals.
In the primary, Lucas faced Enid pastor Wade Burleson and Stephen Butler. He will face Democrat Jeremiah Ross in the November general election.
Although Lucas has historically represented the far western side of the Oklahoma City metropolitan area, the 2020 Census led to redistricting and a redrawn congressional map. Lucas now represents an area that includes a significant portion of Oklahoma City between NW 23 and Moore.
Crowded primary election
In eastern Oklahoma, the results of 2nd District race were tight from the beginning. After all precincts were reported by the Oklahoma State Election Board, former state Sen. Josh Brecheen and state Rep. Avery Frix advanced to the primary runoff election on Aug. 23.
The 2nd District covers a wide swath of eastern Oklahoma, including rural communities east of Tulsa and in the far southeastern corner of the state. Several of the candidates in the 2nd District are former state lawmakers. Along with Brecheen and Frix, other candidates who previously served in the Oklahoma Legislature include David Derby, Dustin Roberts, Marty Quinn and John Bennett, who also served as the chair of Oklahoma's Republican Party until he resigned this year to run for office.
Frix received 14.74% of the vote, and Brecheen had 13.75%. As an indication of the close race, five of the 14 candidates received at least 10% of the vote.
Here is a list of 2nd District candidates who appeared on that ballot on Tuesday:
- John Bennett
- Chris Schiller
- David Derby
- Josh Brecheen
- Guy Barker
- Pamela Gordon
- Wes Nofire
- Erick P. Wyatt
- Johnny Teehee
- Avery Frix
- Dustin Roberts
- Clint Johnson
- Rhonda Hopkins
- Marty Quinn
Naomi Andrews, a Democrat, and independent Bulldog Ben Robinson will face off against the eventual Republican nominee in November.
Staff writer Dale Denwalt covers Oklahoma's economy and business news for The Oklahoman. Have a story idea for Dale? He can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter at @denwalt. Support Dale’s work and that of other Oklahoman journalists by purchasing a digital subscription today at subscribe.oklahoman.com.
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