Oklahoma Democrat Keeps It Surprisingly Close In Special Legislative Election
Democrat candidate Steve Barnes held his Republican opponent Zack Taylor to a razor-thin margin on Tuesday in the special election for the Oklahoma House of Representatives’ 28th district.
Taylor, owner of an oil and gas company, defeated Barnes, an attorney, 50 to 48 percent ― a difference of just 56 votes in the low-turnout race.
The near-win was especially remarkable since Trump won the district 73 percent to 23 percent.
The legislative seat opened up when the former Republican Rep. Dan Kirby resigned after two legislative assistants accused him of sexual harassment. Barnes, the Democratic candidate, spoke up against the Republican leadership in the state House that approved the use of taxpayer funds to pay out a legal settlement to one of Kirby’s accusers.
Special elections are widely viewed as an early test of the political backlash to President Donald Trump. HuffPost has created a visual tool to track how Democrats are faring in these races by comparing how Democrats perform in a given contest with Hillary Clinton’s margin against Trump.
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