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Openly Gay Congressional Candidate Al McAffrey Loses Bid In Oklahoma

6a00d8341c730253ef0163016d87ac970d-800wiOklahoma's first openly gay state senator has lost his bid for congress in the Sooner State's fifth district. With 97.4 % of precincts reporting, McAffrey's Republican challenger has him beat by a margin of 60.3% to 36.2%. News OK reports:

Republican Steve Russell, a U.S. Army veteran and author, captured the congressional seat Tuesday that includes most of Oklahoma County, Russell, 51, defeated state Sen. Al McAffrey, an Oklahoma City Democrat, and three Independents and will replace U.S. Rep. James Lankford in the U.S. House. Lankford, R-Oklahoma City, ran for the U.S. Senate and won the seat being vacated by Sen. Tom Coburn.

Russell will be the third different congressman since 2007 in the district that includes most of Oklahoma County and Pottawatomie and Seminole Counties.

He’s the first, at least in recent history, that didn’t actually live in the district when he was elected. Russell lives in south Oklahoma City, just outside the boundary of the district he was elected to represent. The U.S. Constitution only requires that members of the House live in the state that they represent. Russell’s home has been on the market for several months.

Oklahoma Elects First Openly Gay State Senator

Oklahoma now has its first openly gay state Senator in Al McAffrey, the Victory Fund reports:

McaffreyMcAffrey became the first openly gay member of the Oklahoma state legislature when he was elected to the House of Representatives with the backing of the Victory Fund in 2006.  He was reelected in 2010 and stood for this special election to the Senate when District 46 Senator Andrew Rice announced his resignation in October of last year.

“Al’s election to the State Senate is another milestone for LGBT Oklahomans, and we are proud to support his campaign,” said Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund.  ”There are still a number of states that have never elected any openly LGBT state legislators, so Oklahoma can be proud that Al has been elected to both the House and the Senate.”


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