State Rep. John Auffet lost his bid to win a fourth term to a political newcomer while an Oklahoma City businesswoman was one of three 21-year-old House of Representative contenders who pulled off easy wins in Tuesday's runoff elections.
Auffet, D-Stilwell, lost to William T. Fourkiller, of Stilwell, in the House District 86 race, according to unofficial election returns. The results will be certified next week by state election officials.
Fourkiller will succeed Auffet in November; no Republican or independent filed for the post. Fourkiller won 53 percent of the vote in Tuesday's election; he finished second in last month's Democratic primary election with 28 percent in a three-way race.
A former coach and teacher, Fourkiller said his family got behind his campaign efforts after the July 27 primary election.
"When we get in something, we get in to win," Fourkiller said.
Auffet, who worked for the state Conservation Commission and was a fruit grower before being elected six years ago to the House, said his plans are uncertain.
In the House District 100 race, Elise Hall, 21, won 62 percent of the vote. Hall, who won 47 percent of the vote in last month's Republican primary election in a three-candidate race, defeated David Looby, of Oklahoma City. Hall, who works as director of marketing and advertising at a local landscape management company, will succeed Rep. Mike Thompson, R-Oklahoma City, who didn't seek re-election to run for Congress. He finished third in the 5th Congressional District race.
The wins put the tally in the House so far at 37 Republicans and 17 Democrats. Republicans in the past session enjoyed a 61-39 advantage. The remaining 47 positions in the 101-member House will be decided in the Nov. 2 election.
Republican Josh Cockroft, 21, won 71 percent of the vote in the House District 27 race. Cockroft, of McLoud, had about 72 percent of the vote. He received 38 percent of the vote last month while Richard Bennett, of McLoud, got 23 percent. Cockroft, who works in the heating and air-conditioning field, is seeking the House District 27 seat held by Rep. Shane Jett, R-Tecumseh. Jett didn't seek re-election to run for Congress, which he lost.
"We're not going to stop from what we've been doing," said Cockroft, who faces a Democrat, Chris Odneal, of Shawnee in the Nov. 2 general election. "We have had an incredible response from the people here in District 27."
In the House District 66 race, Eli Potts, 21, of Sand Springs won 55 percent of the vote. He got 38 percent of the vote in last month's election while Andrew Thomas Williams, of Tulsa, got 33 percent. Potts faces Republican Jadine Nollan, of Sand Springs; the winner will succeed Rep. Lucky Lamons, D-Tulsa, who didn't seek re-election.
Potts, a bank teller, served the past year as legislative assistant for Lamons at the state Capitol. He credited his win to listening to residents, who are concerned about the economy and education.
In other races, Democrat James Lockhart, of Heavener, beat Matt Webb, of Poteau, winning 57 percent of the vote in the House District 3 runoff. He faces Republican Roger Mattox, of Poteau, in November. The winner will succeed Rep. John Carey, D-Durant, who didn't seek re-election.
Democrat Donnie Condit, of McAlester, beat Carolyn McNatt Hill, of McAlester, winning 53 percent of the vote in the House District 18 race. Condit faces Republican Kyle Burmeier, of McAlester, in November. The winner will succeed Rep. Terry Harrison, D-McAlester, who didn't seek re-election to run for district attorney, which he lost.
Democrat Nathan Williams, of Calera, won 61 percent of the vote in his race against Jerry Tomlinson, of Durant. He faces Republican Dustin Roberts, of Durant, in November. The winner will succeed Rep. Neil Brannon, D-Arkoma, who is running for a state Senate seat.