Voters in two Oklahoma legislative districts are heading to the polls to fill vacancies in a special election. Polls close at 7 p.m. (CST). We will have the election results below once they do.
The seat in Oklahoma’s 32nd State Senate District is vacant after Republican John Montgomery resigned to take a job as CEO of the Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce. The 32nd District covers northwest Comanche County, including much of Lawton. The two candidates in this race emerged from their party’s October 10th primaries. Republican Dusty Deevers, a local pastor, won a close four-way race to appear on the general election ballot. Democrats chose Larry Bush, a former University of Oklahoma football player who has run for the Oklahoma Legislature three times before.
The seat in Oklahoma’s 39th State House District is vacant after Republican Ryan Martinez resigned following a guilty plea to a DUI charge. The 39th District lies in northern Oklahoma County and includes part of the city of Edmond. Seven Republicans are running in the primary for this heavily Republican district. While Oklahoma uses primary runoffs for regularly scheduled elections, primary runoffs are not used for special elections. In the Democratic primary, two candidates are vying for a spot on the February 13th general election ballot. It will be the first time since 2018 that Democrats have put up a candidate for this district which largely remained unchanged in redistricting.