Democrats take the House

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Democrats won con­trol of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Tues­day night in a bit­ter de­feat for Don­ald Trump, who had in­sisted that even though his name was not on the bal­lot, the elec­tion was all about him. In many key dis­tricts the elec­tion was largely a ref­er­en­dum on the pres­i­dent’s poli­cies, from the vil­i­fi­ca­tion of im­mi­grants to Trump’s ef­forts to cut the legs from un­der the Af­ford­able Care Act. Even in deep red Ok­la­homa, Demo­crat Kendra Horn won the Dis­trict 5 con­gres­sional seat.


Repub­li­cans kept their ma­jor­ity in the U.S. Se­nate, as­sur­ing that even though Trump’s leg­isla­tive agenda may have been ef­fec­tively halted, his ju­di­cial agenda re­mains safe.

In Ok­la­homa, it was a good day to be a Repub­li­can, with GOP can­di­dates win­ning all statewide of­fices and all but one con­gres­sional race. Kevin Stitt de­feated Drew Ed­mond­son to be­come Ok­la­homa’s next gov­er­nor, and Kevin Hern beat Tim Gilpin in the race to fill the first dis­trict con­gres­sional seat for­merly held by Jim Bri­den­s­tine.

Repub­li­cans won 14 out of 18 State Se­nate seats that were up for grabs, and the GOP also dom­i­nated in 57 out of 70 State House races. Tulsa Democrats Denise Brewer, John Wal­dron, and Melissa Proven­zano did win State House seats, but in­cum­bent Demo­crat Karen Gad­dis lost her bid for re- elec­tion. Meloyde Blancett, a Demo­crat rep­re­sent­ing mid­town Tulsa, won a sec­ond term.

State Ques­tion 793 was dead­locked 50-50 through­out the night, but the “no” vote ul­ti­mately pre­vailed, mean­ing Ok­la­homa re­mains one of three states pro­hibit­ing op­tometrists from prac­tic­ing in­side large re­tail­ers like Wal­mart or Tar­get.

State Ques­tion 794, a vic­tims’ rights ini­tia­tive, passed over­whelm­ingly but is cer­tain to face a le­gal bat­tle chal­leng­ing its con­sti­tu­tion­al­ity.

State Ques­tion 798, which would have made can­di­dates for Gov­er­nor and Lieu­tenant Gov­er­nor run on the same ticket, was de­feated.

State Ques­tion 800, a mea­sure cre­at­ing a fund to in­vest part of the rev­enue from oil and gas taxes, failed to pass, as did State Ques­tion 801, a pro­posal to al­low lo­cal school dis­tricts a wide lat­i­tude in spend­ing prop­erty tax money.

In Tulsa, Steve Kun­zweiller won a sec­ond term as Dis­trict At­tor­ney and Tracy Priddy de­feated Jim Ca­puto as Dis­trict Judge. Judges Linda Mor­ris­sey, Martha Rupp Carter, Sharon Holmes, Caro­line Wall, and Cliff Smith all won.

Kara Joy McKee won her bid to rep­re­sent Dis­trict 4 on the Tulsa City Coun­cil, and Cass Fahler nar­rowly over­came his op­po­nent to win in Dis­trict 5. Lori Decter Wright came in first in a seven-way race to fill the Dis­trict 7 coun­cil seat va­cated when Anna Amer­ica left to head up the city Parks De­part­ment, but be­cause Wright failed to get more than 50 % of the vote she will face the sec­ond-place win­ner, Amer­ica’s hus­band Michael Pat­ton, in a runoff elec­tion.

Repub­li­can Stan Sallee de­feated Demo­crat Kevin Matthews in the race for Tulsa County Com­mis­sioner, Dis­trict 1, a dis­ap­point­ment for those who hoped Matthews might work to end the con­tro­ver­sial 287(g) im­mi­gra­tion en­force­ment agree­ment with the fed­eral gov­ern­ment. (La Se­m­ana)

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