OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — U.S. Senator James Lankford was victorious in his bid to be reelected to the U.S. Senate for another term of six years on Tuesday when the Republican primary was held.
Lankford, who is 54 years old, won over Tulsa pastor Jackson Lahmeyer, 30, and Joan Farr, who is 67 years old and lives in Broken Arrow. Lankford will be a big favourite to win the general election against the Democratic primary winner in November.
Lankford was accused of not being conservative enough by Lahmeyer, a political newcomer backed by Michael Flynn, who served as former President Trump’s National Security Advisor. Lahmeyer also slammed Lankford for not embracing Trump’s misleading statements regarding the outcome of the 2020 election.
On the Democratic side, according to the most recent campaign finance reports, Oklahoma City attorney Jason Bollinger, age 30, and cybersecurity expert Madison Horn, age 33, are the only candidates in a field of six who have raised a significant amount of money. Bollinger is running for governor of Oklahoma. In November, Lankford will compete against the Democratic nominee who emerges victorious from Tuesday’s six-way primary, Libertarian nominee Kenneth Blevins and the independent candidate Michael Delaney.
Before being elected to the United States House of Representatives in the Oklahoma City region in 2010, James Lankford, a former Baptist preacher, served as the longtime director of Falls Creek, the most significant Christian summer camp in the United States. In 2014, he was initially elected to the United States Senate to complete the term of former U.S. Senator Tom Coburn, who had to stand down from his position due to health issues at the time of his resignation. In 2016, Lankford won over 68 per cent of the vote, ensuring his reelection to a full term in office.
In the other election for the U.S. Senate in Oklahoma, which is to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, a mainstay in Oklahoma Republican politics since the 1960s, thirteen candidates are running on the Republican ticket. The winner of this race will become Oklahoma’s newest senator. U.S. Representative Markwayne Mullin, 44, is one of the candidates vying to replace him as the representative for Oklahoma’s 2nd Congressional District. This district encompasses the vast majority of eastern Oklahoma.
State Senator Nathan Dahm, age 39, Inhofe’s longtime chief of staff Luke Holland, age 35, former Attorney General and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, age 54, and former Oklahoma Speaker of the House T.W. Shannon, age 44, are some of the other candidates running for the Republican nomination. Because there are so many people running for this office, if no one receives more than 50 per cent of the vote in the primary election, the top two vote-getters will move on to the runoff in August.
There does not appear to be much of a difference between the Republican candidates for president and vice president when it comes to their positions on the most critical issues, as all of them have voiced their dissatisfaction with President Joe Biden’s administration, their opposition to restrictions on firearms, and their support of the recent decision by the United States Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade and allow states to ban abortion.
In the deeply conservative state of Oklahoma, which has not chosen a Democrat to represent it in the United States Senate for more than three decades, the candidates who emerge victorious in both of the Republican primaries will have a significant advantage going into the general election in November. Since 2006, Democrats in Oklahoma have not been victorious in any statewide election.
In the general election in November, the winner of the race to fill Inhofe’s seat will compete against two other candidates, one of whom is a Libertarian and the other of whom is an independent. Kendra Horn, a Democrat and a former United States House of Representatives member, is 46 years old and not related to Madison Horn.