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Kendra Horn flips Oklahoma's 5th District for Democrats in upset win

Kendra Horn. (KOKH)

Kendra Horn has flipped a long-held Republican seat in central Oklahoma for Democrats.

Horn defeated Congressman Steve Russell by a narrow margin. Russell had held the seat since 2014. With all precincts reporting, Horn defeated Russell 121,013 votes to 117,725 votes. The seat has not been held by a Democrat since Congressman John Jarman held the seat in the mid-1970s. Horn will be the first Democratic woman to represent the state in Washington D.C.

Horn said she believes her campaign connected with constituents in the district.

"We talked about things that matter on a day-to-day basis to Oklahomans and it clearly resonated," Horn said.


Horn says those issues include access to healthcare, student loan debt and the need to do things differently in Washington D.C.

"Whether you voted for me or you didn't. I am ready to serve every single person in the Fifth Congressional District because this is more than about politics or party, it's about what the Fifth District needs," Horn said.

Horn is a fifth-generation Oklahoman who has a background in non-profits and the aerospace industry. The Associated Press reports that she formerly served as press secretary to Democratic former U.S. Rep. Brad Carson.The seat was held by Senator James Lankford and Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin prior to Russell.


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