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Congressional Delegation All-Republican Again as Incumbents Hold Seats, Bice Beats Horn

Oklahoma's congressional delegation is entirely Republican once again.

In one of the most-watched races of the 2020 election, Oklahoma Republican U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe won re-election and got one of the earliest calls of the night from the Associated Press.

Right around 7 p.m., the AP called the race for Inhofe over Democratic challenger Abby Broyles, before any Election Day results had even come in.

At his Tulsa watch party, Inofe predicted Republicans would hold the Senate.

"For all those who want a strong military, we're almost there now. We need two more years and we'll be there," Inhofe said.

Broyles, who bested Inhofe in mail-in votes, called the early call "irresponsible" in a tweet, pointing out people were still in line voting in some places. She conceded a couple hours later, once Election Day returns showed her in a 63% to 33% deficit.

"We will absolutely prove to the world someday that a woman can be a United States senator from the great state of Oklahoma. Our story is just beginning," Broyles said.

And Oklahoma’s lone Democrat in Congress, Fifth District Rep. Kendra Horn, was ousted in a close race. Former state Sen. Stephanie Bice won the seat by about 12,000 votes, according to unofficial returns.

All of Oklahoma’s Republican incumbents held on to their seats, with Rep.s Kevin Hern, Markwayne Mullin, Frank Lucas and Tom Cole winning re-election. 

Matt Trotter joined KWGS as a reporter in 2013. Before coming to Public Radio Tulsa, he was the investigative producer at KJRH. His freelance work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times and on MSNBC and CNN.
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