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GOP picks up two seats in the Oklahoma Senate

Republicans picked up two seats in the state Senate on Tuesday in one of the unlikeliest of places — a Democratic stronghold in southeast Oklahoma.
BY MEGAN ROLLAND Modified: November 7, 2012 at 1:04 am •  Published: November 6, 2012

But the most resounding victory was that of Sen. Susan Paddack, D-Ada, who won with 76 percent of the vote over a Republican candidate who spent time in jail during his campaign.

Republican incumbents also held onto all their seats.

Sen. Clark Jolley, R-Edmond, won his third and final term in office with 79 percent of the vote over independent Richard Prawdzienski, who didn't spend any money on his campaign but pledged to shake things up at the Capitol.

New senators

Pharmacist Rob Standridge, a Republican and small business owner in Norman, will be the new senator for District 15 in parts of northern Cleveland County and southern Oklahoma County.

Standridge defeated Democrat Claudia Griffith, a registered nurse and longtime Norman resident. The incumbent senator in the race, a Republican, had reached his term limit.

Another new senator will take office in the newly created Senate District 43, which was moved entirely out of Oklahoma County during redistricting and is now in McClain County and parts of Stephens, Garvin and Grady counties.

Corey Brooks, a Republican from Washington who returned home to ranch after serving in the Navy, easily won the conservative district over Mike Fullerton, a Democrat from Newcastle, who was concerned with education issues and infrastructure.

Brooks, 33, won with 71 percent of the vote.

“We are very excited and incredibly grateful to voters,” Brooks, 33, said. “We are certainly eager to live up to that expectation and doing the things that they want and expect.”

Bingman said he's excited to welcome the new senators into the caucus.

“They've worked very, very hard,” Bingman said. “Next week we'll get down to business in putting our agenda together. We have a lot of work to do.”

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