Newhouse, Rader win GOP runoffs

Tulsa voters decided winners in two key Senate races, a House race and the race for Tulsa County Court Clerk in the runoff election August 23.

Dave Rader and Joe Newhouse are the Republican nominees for Senate while Scott McEachin got the GOP nod for the Oklahoma House. Donald Newberry will be the Republican nominee for Tulsa County Court Clerk.

In Senate District 39, Rader got 2,274 votes (55 percent) while Amanda Teegarden got 1,876 votes (45 percent). Rader will face Democrat John Waldon, a school teacher in the November 8 general election.

“Everyone associated with our campaign is humbled tonight as the Republican voters of Senate District 39 selected me to represent the Republican party in the November 8 General Election,” Rader said. “We’ve had so many to volunteer their time, talent and treasure.  I do not take their support lightly.  Thank you to the voters of 39.

“Now, we are off to a very tough general election against a very well funded candidate.  We have a good message to continue to bring to the people of District 39, and we are anxious to continue the process looking to keep all Republican votes and adding some Democrat votes, as well.”

Newhouse, who finished second in the GOP primary, got 3,273 votes (56 percent) while Lisa Kramer had 2,843 votes (44 percent) in Senate District 25.

Newhouse faces Democrat Robert Founds on November 8. He has been endorsed by Craig Murray and Bob Jack, who lost in the GOP primary. Newhouse, a former staff member of U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine, was endorsed by the congressman in the runoff.

Kramer, a member of the Bixby School Board, mailed more than 15 campaign pieces during the primary and runoff campaigns, compared to less than half of that by Newhouse. But Kramer was targeted by a group called Oklahoma Federation for Children Action Fund, which sent out three mailers accusing her of wanting to raise taxes. Kramer changed her registration from Democrat to Republican two years ago.

Both Senate seats were open due to terms limits on Sen. Brian Crain (District 39) and Sen. Mike Mazzei (District 25). Both are Republicans.

In House District 67, McEachin got 1,928 votes (56 percent) while Community Spirit magazine Publisher Tom McCloud got 1,488 votes (44 percent). That seat is open due to term limits on Rep. Pam Peterson, R-Tulsa.

McEachin has two opponents on November 8 –  Democrat Lori Decter Wright and Libertarian Zac Davis.  House District 67 has the highest percentage of registered Republicans in the state.

Newberry got 8,739 votes (55 percent) while Phillips got 6,154 votes (45 percent) in the race for Tulsa County Court Clerk.

Newberry faces Democrat John Andrew on November 8. Tulsa County Court Clerk Sally Howe Smith is retiring. She endorsed Phillips, who works in her office. Newberry, the brother of State Sen. Dan Newberry, currently works in the Tulsa County Assessor’s office for Assessor Ken Yazel.

In Edmond, former Air Force aviator Adam Pugh got 4,313 votes (54 percent) to beat conservative Pastor Paul Blair in Senate District 41, who got 3,656 votes (46 percent).