Democrats add to win column in deep-red Oklahoma
The Associated Press - November 15, 2017 10:06 am
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Democrats have added another win in the deep-red Oklahoma Legislature, continuing the minority party’s string of success and chipping away at the Republican Party’s hold on state government.
The previously GOP-held House seat and two Senate seats on the ballot Tuesday were all in mostly Republican districts around Oklahoma City and Tulsa. But Democrat Allison Ikley-Freeman eked out a win over Republican Brian O’Hara in Senate District 37, picking up the seat that represents parts of Sand Springs, Jenks and west Tulsa.
Republicans held on to the Senate District 45 seat that represents parts of Mustang, Yukon and south Oklahoma City and the House District 76 seat that represents parts of Broken Arrow and south Tulsa.
The elections come at a time of voter frustration over years of state budget shortfalls and recent scandals that led to the resignation of Republican incumbents.