While a recount is being sought in theHouse District 57 race, where Lyle Miller lost by eight votes to Harold Wright, the victors in Tuesday’s other two House runoff contests are focusing on their next contests in November.
In the House District 59 race, Mike Sanders defeated Chris Cameron in the Republican runoff for House District 59. Sanders won 1,458 votes, or 54 percent, to Cameron’s 1,240 votes. Sanders and Cameron are both businessmen in Kingfisher.
Sanders, who nearly won the seat in last month’s primary when he garnered 49.6 percent of the vote in a three-way race, credited his work ethic and his experience for his runoff victory.
Sanders faces Donald E. Russell, a cattleman and Hennessey Democrat, in the Nov. 4 general election. Rep. Rob Johnson, R-Kingfisher, didn’t seek re-election.
Sanders said he will continue to campaign hard in the mostly Republican district that covers Dewey County and parts of Blaine, Canadian, Kingfisher, Major and Woodward counties.
“The next 70 days will not be easy, but I’m looking forward to it,” he said.
In the House District 72 race, Seneca Scott beat Christie Breedlove, both of Tulsa, in the Democratic runoff.
He received 535 votes, or 52.2 percent, to Breedlove’s 489 votes.
Scott said walking the district twice since the July 29 primary helped him secure the victory.
“Our vision of building a strong coalition of multiple partners – faith-based groups, neighborhood leaders, small businesses – was rewarded,” Scott said.
Scott, who works for an energy company, faces Lawrence Kirkpatrick, an independent from Tulsa, in the Nov. 4 general election.
“We’re going to keep working,” said Scott, saying he is not taking anything for granted in the heavily Democratic district.
Rep. Darrell Gilbert, D-Tulsa, cannot run again because of term limits.
- Michael McNutt, Capitol Bureau