Republican voters selected Greg Childers in a battle of political newcomers Tuesday to be their nominee to fill an unexpired state Senate seat that covers southern Oklahoma County and northern Cleveland County.
Childers, of Del City, won 58.4 percent of the votes cast in the special Republican primary election. Theresa Nelson, of Oklahoma City, garnered 41.6 percent.
Unofficial results show Childers, 41, beating Nelson, 45, by a vote of 907-646. The state Election Board is scheduled to certify the results Aug. 16.
Voter turnout was light as expected.
About 9.6 percent of registered Republicans in the Senate District 43 race voted.
A low turnout was expected because it was the only item on the ballot and special elections that occur in the summer usually don't attract many voters.
Childers now will face Kenneth Meador, of Moore, the only Democrat in the race in an Oct. 11 election.
The winner will serve the remaining year left in the District 43 seat.
“I'm very excited; I'm very happy,” Childers said Tuesday night. “A lot of hard work paid off.”
Childers attributed his win to going door-to-door to meet voters.
“We ran a very clean, honest campaign and we went door-to-door just constant — day after day, day after day, day after day,” he said.
Childers, who out-raised Nelson by more than a 2-1 margin, loaned his campaign $1,000, according to a last-minute campaign report he filed Tuesday with the state Ethics Commission.
He said he used the money to pay for additional campaign fliers.