Republicans vie for GOP Senate nod in Oklahoma runoff – Newstalk KZRG

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Two loyalists of former President Donald Trump who both backed his claim that he won the 2020 election face off Tuesday in a contest that will likely decide who will be the next U.S. senator in the ‘Oklahoma.

U.S. Representative Markwayne Mullin, owner of a Westville plumbing company, and TW Shannon, former Oklahoma House speaker and Oklahoma City bank executive, were the top two voters in the Republican primary for 13 candidates in June, but none exceeded the 50% threshold needed to win the nomination outright. Mullin, who led the pack with nearly 44% of the vote, won Trump’s endorsement shortly after the primary.

Mullin and Shannon are seeking to replace 87-year-old retired U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe, a fixture in Republican politics in Oklahoma since the 1960s who has held the U.S. Senate seat since his election in 1994.

Polling places across the state will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The winner of the contest will be heavily favored in November’s general election against former Democratic U.S. Representative Kendra Horn, as well as an independent and a libertarian. Oklahoma has not elected a Democrat to the US Senate in over 30 years.

In a state where nearly 10% of the population identifies as Native American, Mullin and Shannon are members of Native American tribes – Mullin, a Cherokee citizen, and Shannon, who is also African American, a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation.

Campaign finance reports show Mullin raised about $3.6 million, nearly three times the $1.3 million Shannon reported raising.

In campaign ads and on the stump, both men touted their positions on burning issues and pledged to fight President Joe Biden‘s political agenda. Shannon launched an anti-abortion ad in which he called Planned Parenthood “the real face of white supremacy,” while Mullin, in an ad featuring two of his own children and a montage of transgender college swimmer Lia Thomas , said, “Democrats can’t even tell us what a woman is.

Also on Tuesday, Democrats Jason Bollinger, an Oklahoma City attorney, and Madison Horn, a cybersecurity expert, will face off on the first ballot in the race for Oklahoma’s other U.S. Senate seat. The winner will face incumbent Republican Senator James Lankford, who will be the big favorite in November, alongside a Republican and an independent.

In the race for an open U.S. House seat in eastern Oklahoma, Republicans Josh Brecheen, a former state senator from Coalgate, and state Rep. Avery Frix, of Muskogee, s are facing off in the GOP second round after emerging as the top two candidates in June. 14 – primary candidate. The winner will face Democrat Naomi Andrews of Tulsa and Independent Ben Robinson of Muskogee in November.

Also on the ballot Tuesday will be Republican primary elections for several statewide offices, including state superintendent of public instruction, state treasurer, commissioner of labor and the company commissioner.

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