It was a narrow victory for Democrats, but they added another win Tuesday in the deep-red Oklahoma Legislature. The previously GOP-held House seat and two Senate seats on the ballot 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.The win continues Democrats' string of success and chipping away at the Republican Party's hold on Oklahoma state government. The special election in District 37 became necessary when Republican Senator Dan Newberry announced he was stepping down to pursue a private-sector job.
Republicans held on to the Senate District 45 seat that represents parts of Mustang, Yukon and south Oklahoma City. That vote was to replace former state Sen. Kyle Loveless, who resigned in April and later pleaded guilty to embezzling campaign money.
Republicans also retained House District 76 seat that represents parts of Broken Arrow and south Tulsa. The election there was necessary because incumbent Rep. David Brumbaugh died while in office.