State Sen. Andrew Rice lost his hard-fought race against the longtime Republican incumbent, Jim Inhofe. Rice conceded defeat to Inhofe by phone shortly after 9 p.m. and spoke to an otherwise jubilant crowd at the Democratic watch party at 9:28 p.m.
He remained upbeat in his remarks to supporters.
“The senator ran a very aggressive, negative campaign, and he did so very early, which put us on the defensive,” Rice later told reporters. “We had to spend a lot of our money. We raised $3 million. Spent all of it.”
Despite the outcome, he said he is happy, especially about poll results suggesting Obama will win the election.
“I think his approach to government is what our country needs,” he said.
Rice said he will serve his remaining two years as a state senator and “when I’m done with that, I’ll figure out what I want to do. It may be that I’m not in politics at all. I don’t know.”
– Staff Writer Ken Raymond