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Steve Russell wins re-election bid to Congress

Congressman Steve Russell. (KOKH/FILE)

Republican Rep. Steve Russell has been elected to a second term, defeating state Sen. Al McAffrey for a second time in a rematch of their 2014 race and completed a Republican sweep of the state's congressional races.

Election Night 2016: Oklahoma results

Two years ago, Russell won 60 percent of the vote against McAffrey, who is Oklahoma's first openly gay legislator.

During his first term in Congress, Russell decried what he felt was excessive government spending and criticized President Barack Obama as having exhibited "poor leadership" on foreign affairs.

McAffrey won the Democratic nomination over Tom Guild in a runoff that was a repeat of the 2014 primary. Guild trailed McAffrey by 40 votes out of 16,000 cast, but dropped his request for a recount after falling behind by four more votes shortly after the recount began.

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