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.
Incumbent Rep. Charlie Joyner, R-Midwest City, won his primary, with 1,246 votes, or 56 percent. Brent Rinehart finished second with 507 votes or 23 percent. Rinehart pleaded guilty to a campaign-related misdemeanor in 2009.
Going into Tuesday’s primary, the Republican Party held a 72-29 advantage in the House and a 36-12 lead in the Senate. With overwhelming majorities in the House of Representatives and the Senate — and with many incumbents unopposed — Republican domination of the Legislature is expected to continue.
All of the House seats and about half of the Senate seats were open this election cycle. Eight Senate seats and 50 House seats are uncontested, meaning there is one person seeking each of those positions.