It was apparently all over but the counting yesterday in the 5th congressional district runoff between James Lankford and Kevin Calvey, and both camps knew it. Lankford, whose momentum was clear after the July 27 primary, just accelerated in the last few weeks, picking up more Facebook followers, donors and believers.
Oklahoman staff writer Vallery Brown was at Calvey’s wake-like watch party at the Stone Garden Hotel and Conference Center and reported that attendance peaked at about 50 people.
“An older male military veteran with an oxygen tank briefly killed the silence by screaming “Calvey! Calvey! Calvey” in a failing voice,” Brown wrote. “No one jumped in with him.”
At about 8 p.m., Brown reported, Calvey staff members turned off the televisions that were previously showing election results because Calvey didn’t want to see them.
Staff writer Sonya Colberg was at Lankford’s celebration at the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame and reported that someone with a counter logged a crowd of 500. Many of the enthusiastic supporters _ old, young and in-between _ were wearing Lankford t-shirts.
“He ran a very grass-roots campaign,” one supporter told Colberg.
Lankford ended his remarks to the crowd with a prayer, Colberg said, thanking God for the gift of friendship and families. His voice was heavy with emotion as he asked for wisdom and redirection as a nation. Lankford prayed for blessings for his volunteers, peace for the nation and unity in the party.