Republicans, for the most part, maintain hold on Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Republicans maintained their hold on Oklahoma government from the state to the federal levels in the midterm elections, save for one bright spot for Democrats.

Democrat Kendra Horn upset incumbent Republican Steve Russell Tuesday in the Oklahoma City-based District 5 race. Republicans will represent Oklahoma's four other congressional seats in Washington.

Political newcomer and Republican Kevin Stitt rode his outsider status to a big win to replace term-limited Gov. Mary Fallin and Republicans won all other statewide races in the general election.

Only a handful of the nearly 50 teachers on the ballot were successful in their races for state legislative seats, but there will still be more educators in the Legislature.

Three Democratic incumbents, including House Minority Leader Rep. Steve Kouplen of Beggs, were defeated.

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