Oklahoma’s Fifth Congressional District was closely watched Tuesday, following Democrat Kendra Horn’s surprise win in 2018 capturing a traditional Republican stronghold.
Republican State Senator Stephanie Bice won Tuesday night by more than 12,000 votes, a margin of more than 4%.
“I am thrilled,” Bice told reporters Tuesday. “It's been a long 18 months of running this campaign and it all came down to tonight.”
Horn told a much more somber crowd, “I just want to start by saying how grateful, how incredibly, deeply, and profoundly grateful I am to each and every one of you.”
The Fifth Congressional District saw 65,000 more votes cast in 2020 than in 2018. Tuesday night, Bice picked off seven Edmond precincts won by Horn in 2018.
“Oklahoma is my home, it’s the place where I was born and raised and my parents thaught me the value of standing up for what’s right, of speaking up for those who don’t have a voice and of never saying I can’t,” Horn said.
Horn said she’s going to make the most of her two months left in Congress.
“I will continue showing up for Oklahoma,” Horn said in a statement. “I will keep fighting to pass another bipartisan relief package. I’ll work across the aisle to keep the government funded and to pass a bipartisan defense bill.”
“My focus will remain on finding common ground and crafting solutions to pass timely, targeted, and transparent relief for Oklahomans,” she said. “Our work must continue.”
During her concession speech, Horn told the crowd, “We are not done yet, so take a deep breath, and get a little rest, and let’s get started again.”
Horn hasn’t said whether or not she will run for office again in the future.