Opinion: Another flip in Oklahoma’s 5th District

Oklahoma’s 5th District representative in Washington next year will once again be a Republican, the result of a solid campaign, considerable outside financial support and perhaps a little good luck.

State Sen. Stephanie Bice, R-Oklahoma City, defeated incumbent Democratic Rep. Kendra Horn by 4 percentage points Tuesday, ending Horn’s tenure after one term. Horn had won the seat in 2018 by stunning two-term incumbent Rep. Steve Russell in a district that, although it changed shape through the years, had been held by Republicans since the mid-1970s.

Horn compiled a strong team, raised plenty of money and outworked Russell. Her victory made her an immediate target of the national GOP and other Republican groups, which spent heavily on Bice’s behalf. The two candidates combined to spend the most ever for an Oklahoma House race.

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