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Republican wins special Senate race

In a very light turnout, voters send Greg Childers to the Senate to serve the remaining one year term of the current Senate District 43 seat.
BY MICHAEL MCNUTT mmcnutt@opubco.com Published: October 11, 2011
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Voters in a south Oklahoma City metro area Senate race voted Tuesday to continue to be represented by a Republican. Voting turnout in the special election — the only race on the ballot — was very light.

In a battle among two political newcomers, Greg Childers, a Republican from Del City, easily defeated Democrat Kenneth Meador, of Moore, to represent Senate District 43, which covers southern Oklahoma County and northern Cleveland County.

Childers never trailed in the race, winning 60.4 percent of the vote.

Childers, 41, garnered 1,836 votes while Meador received 1,202 votes, according to unofficial results from the state Election Board. The state Election Board is scheduled to certify the results Oct. 18.

About 7.7 percent of the voters among the 39,393 registered voters in Senate District 43 turned out to vote in the special election. Tuesday's turnout was even smaller than the 9.6 percent who voted in August's Republican primary where Childers won the GOP nomination.

Childers never trailed in the race, winning 60.4 percent of the vote.

Childers garnered 1,836 votes while Meador received 1,202 votes, according to unofficial election results. The state Election Board is scheduled to certify the results Oct. 18.

“I'm humbled,” Childers said. “The voter turnout was a little lighter than we expected, but I really am — I'm humbled. It says a lot to have that many people come in and give you the confidence of representing them.”

His victory preserves the 32-16 Republican majority in the Senate. It also keeps up the momentum for Republicans, who swept all statewide offices on the ballot last year and increased their grip in the Legislature.

Meador, 30, said he hopes Childers can provide leadership for the district.

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