Cliff Branan Wins Today And He's Not On The Ballot
The Republican was elected when Democrat Liz Donnelly withdrew from the District 40 race. Her letter of withdrawal is on file at the State Election Board.
The chairman of the Oklahoma Senate Republicans, Senator Brian Bingman, said that with Donnelly's withdrawal, Branan becomes the fifth Republican to be re-elected without Democratic opposition.
“This guarantees at least 25 Republicans will return to the Senate next year. Mathematically, we have not only secured the majority but this reaffirms that we are on the offensive,” Bingman said.
Senate Republicans will need to defend one seat, Senator Cliff Aldridge of Senate District 42, while Democrats are defending nine seats.