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Oklahoma Democrats win in special elections
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OKLAHOMA CITY- Oklahoma voters took to the polls Tuesday in two special elections to replace a state senator and state representative, and the Democrat candidates took the victories.

Democrat Michael Brooks took 54.57 percent of the win for State Senator District 44 for south Oklahoma City over Republican candidate Joe Griffin, who took 45.43 percent of the votes. The seat was vacated by Republican Sen. Ralph Shortey, who resigned after facing felony counts alleging he solicited sex from a 17-year-old male.

In Tulsa, Democrat Karen Gaddis earned 52.32 percent of the votes for State Representative District 75 over Republican candidate Tressa Nunleys 47.68 percent of votes. District 75 covers parts of east Tulsa and North Broken Arrow and was vacated when Republican State Representative Dan Kirby resigned amid accusations of sexual harassment by two former legislative assistants.

In Normans special Republican primary election, candidate Darin Chambers beat out contenders Charlie Samples and Jimmy Shannon for State Representative District 46. Chambers earned 56.89 percent of the votes.

According to the Oklahoma State Election Board, the results are unofficial and unverified; however, if a contest of election or a petition for recount has not been filed, results will be certified by county election boards by 5 p.m. Friday, July 14. Results of a race in which a contest of election or a petition for recount has been filed cannot be certified until the contest has been heard or the recount has been completed.

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