OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Voters in central Oklahoma on Tuesday will knock down a slew of congressional hopers who want to represent Washington’s 5th district.
Nine Republicans compete for the seat of the first U.S. Representative Kendra Horn, the only Democrat in the state delegation. The 44-year-old lawyer drew one of the country’s biggest congressional disruptions in 2018 when she won a seat that had been in Republican hands for four decades.
Horn himself also faces a primary opponent in perennial candidate Tom Guild, a retired Edmond professor.
Horn is one of the most vulnerable democratic incumbents in the nation because she represents a district president Donald Trump who won nearly 14 points in 2016.
Four of the GOP challengers have raised more than $ 500,000, including businesswoman Terry Neese, Senator Stephanie Bice, former Chief Inspector Janet Barresi, and businessman David Hill. The busy field probably makes a primary drain.
Horn raised over $ 3.3 million this cycle, the bulk of the state delegation.
Republican US Senator Jim Inhofe and US representatives Markwayne Mullin and Tom Cole are all heavy favorites in their GOP primaries Tuesday. Inhofe faces three lesser-known candidates in the GOP primary, while four Democrats run to challenge him in the fall. Lawyer and former television reporter Abby Broyles has fooled the three other Democrats in the race. Republican representatives Kevin Hern and Frank Lucas have no primary opponents.
Also on Tuesday’s vote is a proposal to amend the Oklahoma Constitution to extend Medicaid health coverage to tens of thousands of low-income residents. Oklahoma is one of 14 states that have not expanded Medicaid – along with the contiguous states of Texas and Kansas – as part of the 2010 Federal Affordable Care Act.
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