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Crowded Oklahoma legislative races produce few upsets: Despite a grueling legislative session and a record number of primary challengers, the majority of Oklahoma House and Senate members seeking re-election were largely successful in Tuesday’s primary elections. Three incumbents fell — Rep. Dennis Johnson, R-Duncan, Rep. Ken Walker, R-Tulsa, and Sen. Corey Brooks, R-Washington. Twenty-five other incumbents won their primary races. But considering 29 of the last 30 challenged incumbents during the last two elections cycles won their primary elections, Tuesday’s results represented a bit of a turning tide, even if a small one [NewsOK]. The potential size of a so-called “teacher caucus” in the Legislature was significantly whittled down Tuesday after 20 current or former educators lost their primary battles [Oklahoma Watch]. Here’s a list of how candidates backed by Oklahomans for Public Education fared [NewsOK].
DC PAC spends thousands against public ed candidates: A Washington D.C.-based political action committee has pumped nearly $90,000 into legislative races over the last month in direct opposition to a slate of candidates running on a public education platform. Running under the unofficial title of the “teacher caucus,” nearly 30 candidates with ties to public schools are running for Oklahoma House and Senate seats. At least 18 of these candidates are current or former public education teachers campaigning on higher teacher salaries and increased funding for public schools [NewsOK].
Bynum tops Bartlett to become Tulsa’s mayor: G.T. Bynum has defeated two-term incumbent Dewey Bartlett to become the new mayor of Tulsa. Bynum had 56 percent of the vote. Bartlett had 38 percent, and three other candidates in the nonpartisan race had combined for 6 percent. “… When we unite as a city, we can achieve great things, and there are great things to be done in the next four years,” Bynum told a raucous watch-party crowd during a victory speech at Stokely Event Center [Tulsa World].
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