Oklahoma elections: Russell easily wins GOP nod in 5th District congressional race, will face McAffrey in general election
by Nolan Clay and Chris Casteel
U.S. Army veteran Steve Russell claimed the Republican nomination on Tuesday in the congressional district that includes most of Oklahoma County, easily defeating state Corporation Commissioner Patrice Douglas in the runoff primary.
With all of 273 precincts counted, Russell captured 59 percent of the vote. He will face Democratic state Sen. Al McAffrey in the Nov. 4 general election to succeed U.S. Rep. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma City, in the 5th District.
McAffrey, of Oklahoma City, defeated retired college professor Tom Guild, who was making his third consecutive run for the seat. McAffrey won 54 percent of the vote.
The 5th District — which includes most of Oklahoma County, Pottawatomie and Seminole counties — is considered safe for Republicans.