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Oklahoma elections: Woman whose son died in Moore tornado loses bid to unseat incumbent in state House

With most precincts reporting, Rep. Mark McBride, R-Moore, had 2,235 votes, or 82 percent, to 495 votes, or 18 percent, for Danni Legg, who has been backing an effort to fund school storm shelters.
by Rick Green Modified: June 24, 2014 at 11:45 pm •  Published: June 24, 2014

A woman whose 9-year-old son died in the Moore tornado lost a bid Tuesday to unseat a Republican incumbent in the state House of Representatives.

With all precincts reporting, Rep. Mark McBride, R-Moore, had 2,235 votes, or 82 percent, to 495 votes, or 18 percent, for Danni Legg, who has been backing an effort to fund school storm shelters.

Rep. Kay Floyd, D-Oklahoma City, the state’s first openly gay female lawmaker, easily won the Democratic primary for the state Senate seat being vacated by Al McAffrey, D-Oklahoma City, the first openly gay male Oklahoma lawmaker. McAffrey is running for the U.S. House and was second with 8,417 votes, or 31 percent, to Tom Guild with 11,469 votes, or 42 percent, in the Democratic primary for Oklahoma’s 5th Congressional District.

In races where the leading candidate fails to get more than 50 percent of the vote, there will be an Aug. 26 runoff for the top two finishers.

Another race headed for a runoff was in state House District 88 in Oklahoma City, which Floyd vacated to run for state Senate. In the Democratic primary for that seat, former pastor Jason Dunnington had 946 votes, or 40 percent, while Paula Sophia, a former police officer and U.S. Army veteran, had 552 votes or 24 percent. Sophia hopes to become the state’s first transgender legislator. There is no Republican candidate in that district.

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by Rick Green
Capitol Bureau Chief
Rick Green is the Capitol Bureau Chief of The Oklahoman. A graduate of Humboldt State University in Arcata, Calif., he worked as news editor for The Associated Press in Oklahoma City before joining The Oklahoman.
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