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After Failed US Senate Bid, Broyles To Challenge Bice For House Seat

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Democrat who lost a U.S. Senate race in Oklahoma in 2020 said Wednesday that she will challenge the incumbent Republican for a U.S. House seat that was successfully targeted by the GOP in a hotly contested 2020 campaign.

Abby Broyles said she she will oppose first-term Republican Rep. Stephanie Bice for the 5th Congressional District seat representing central Oklahoma, including Oklahoma City.

Bice defeated incumbent Democratic Rep. Kendra Horn, winning 52% of the vote in the 2020 race that was targeted by the Republican Congressional Committee.

The Democratic Congressional Committee has not listed Bice as a target for the 2022 midterm elections.

Horn was the only Democrat in the state delegation and was targeted after pulling off one of the nation’s biggest political upsets in 2018, defeating a two-term GOP incumbent for a seat held for four decades by Republicans.

A spokesperson for Bice, who has not announced her plans, did not immediately return a message from The Associated Press seeking comment.

Broyles, in her first run for political office, received nearly 33% of the vote in the U.S. Senate race won by incumbent Republican Sen. Jim Inhofe. However, she raised slightly more than $2 million, according to federal election commission data.

Broyles, a lawyer and former television reporter, announced in December that she was launching Grit for Democracy, a not-for-profit organization aimed at boosting Oklahoma voter registration and turnout.

Registered Republican voters outnumber Democrats in the district by 43.5% to 36.3% with 19.2% registered independents and less than 1% Libertarians, according to the Oklahoma State Election Board.

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