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Tags: markwayne mullin | oklahoma | senate | gop | primary | midterm

Okla. Rep. Markwayne Mullin Wins GOP Senate Primary Runoff

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Rep. Markwayne Mullin, R-Okla. (Tom Williams/AP)

By    |   Tuesday, 23 August 2022 09:59 PM EDT

Rep. Markwayne Mullin, R-Okla., is going to represent the GOP in the November Senate midterm election after dispatching T.W. Shannon in a special runoff primary Tuesday night, according to Decision Desk HQ.

Mullin, endorsed by former President Donald Trump, headed to Tuesday's runoff against Shannon, but was declared the winner shortly after polls closed.

In deep-red Oklahoma, Mullin is a heavy favorite to win the seat from Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., who is leaving after nearly 30 years in office.

Mullin, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, defeated former speaker of the Oklahoma House and banking executive Shannon after the two advanced from a 13-candidate Republican primary field in June. Because Inhofe is retiring early, Mullin would serve the remaining four years left on Inhofe's term.

Mullin, who topped the field with nearly 44% of the vote, earned Trump's endorsement shortly after the primary.

Mullin and Shannon were both seeking to replace Inhofe, a fixture in Republican politics in Oklahoma since the 1960s who has held the U.S. Senate seat since being elected in 1994.

Mullin will be heavily favored in November's general election against former Rep. Kendra Horn, D-Okla., along with an independent and a Libertarian. Oklahoma has not elected a Democrat to the Senate in more than 30 years.

In a state where nearly 10% of the population identifies as American Indian, both Mullin and Shannon are members of Native American tribes — Mullin a Cherokee citizen and Shannon, who is also African American, a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation.

"I never knew I was special for being Cherokee until I went to Washington, D.C.," Mullin told reporters during a campaign stop Tuesday in Norman, "because where I'm from everybody's Indian or wants to be, right?"

If elected in November, Mullin will be the first enrolled Native American tribal member in the U.S. Senate since former Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell left the Senate in 2005, according to U.S. Senate records.

Campaign finance reports show Mullin raised about $3.6 million, which is nearly three times the $1.3 million that Shannon reported he raised.

In campaign ads and on the stump, both men touted their positions on hot-button issues and vowed to fight President Joe Biden's policy agenda. Shannon launched an anti-abortion ad in which he labeled Planned Parenthood the "true face of white supremacy," while Mullin in an ad featuring two of his own children and a montage of transgender collegiate swimmer Lia Thomas, said: "Democrats can't even tell us what a woman is."

Also on Tuesday, in the Democrat primary runoff for Oklahoma's other U.S. Senate seat, cybersecurity expert Madison Horn defeated Jason Bollinger, an Oklahoma City attorney. Horn, who is not related to Kendra Horn, will face incumbent Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., who will be the heavy favorite in November, along with a Republican and an independent.

In the race for an open U.S. House seat in eastern Oklahoma, Republicans Josh Brecheen, a former state senator from Coalgate, defeated state Rep. Avery Frix, of Muskogee, in the GOP runoff after emerging as the top two candidates in June's 14-candidate primary. The winner will face Democrat Naomi Andrews, of Tulsa, and independent Ben Robinson, of Muskogee, in November.

Also on the ballot Tuesday were Republican primary runoffs for several statewide offices, including state superintendent of public instruction, state treasurer, labor commissioner and corporation commissioner.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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Rep. Markwayne Mullin, R-Okla., is going to represent the GOP in the November Senate midterm election after dispatching T.W. Shannon in a special runoff primary Tuesday night, according to Decision Desk HQ.
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