Democrat wins Tulsa special house race

Apr 4, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The head of a nonprofit organization has won the House District 71 seat in Tulsa by only three votes.

According to unofficial results from the Oklahoma State Election Board, Democrat Dan Arthrell received 1,416 votes to 1,413 for Republican Katie Henke on Tuesday. They were vying for the seat vacated by Republican Rep. Dan Sullivan, who is now chief executive officer of the Grand River Dam Authority.

Henke could challenge the results.

If the count holds up, Arthrell will be the second Democrat to capture a legislative seat in a special election that was once held by a Republican. Democrat Curtis McDaniel won the seat held Republican Rusty Farley, who died last year.

In the Senate District 20 race, Republican Ann Griffin beat Magnus Scott Sr. 3,049 to 807.