Republican Jim Bridenstine defeats John Olsen, wins District 1 Congressional seat

Republican candidate Jim Bridenstine has won Oklahoma's District 1 Congressional seat, defeating Democrat John Olsen and Independent Craig Allen.

9:06 p.m. - Olsen gives concession speech. "We stayed positive and we made a difference."

8:56 p.m. - Bridenstine delivers acceptance speech.

8:43 p.m. - Bridenstine wins District 1 seat, defeating John Olsen.

8:21 p.m. - Republican Sen. James Inhofe speaking at Bridenstine party.

8:10 p.m. -  Olsen greeting supporters.

6:39 p.m. - Bridenstine arrives at Citiplex Towers for watch party.

6:29 p.m. - Crowd milling into Cain's Ballroom for Olsen watch party.

Here is what voters should know about the candidates:


A Jenks High School graduate, Bridenstine received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Rice and Cornell Universities.  He's retired from active duty but he continues to serve as a pilot in the U.S. Navy Reserve.  He's a former director of the Tulsa Air and Space Museum.

Bridenstine supports the following campaign positions: 

  • A balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution and a tax code overhaul;
  • a "human life amendment" to the U.S. Constitution and no tax money for abortion;
  • a "one man, one woman" amendment to the U.S. Constitution with regard to marriage; and
  • says he would vote to repeal ObamaCare.


Olson graduated from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah before receiving a master's degree and a law degree from the University of Tulsa.  He's a former Army drill sergeant who served with the 101st Airborne in Afghanistan.  Olson owns a human resources consulting firm.

Olson's campaign positions are as follows:

  • Tax code simplification and investment in higher education;
  • ObamaCare, though he says at it's present state the program is "far from perfect"; and
  • investment in natural gas production to bring jobs to Oklahoma and cut foreign oil imports.


Allen has lived in the Tulsa area his entire life. He's currently a commercial airline pilot.

If elected, Allen would support:

  • Rolling back federal regulations;
  • redoing health care reform, keeping some popular ObamaCare provisions;
  • eliminating wasteful spending, supporting a balanced-budget amendment; and
  • bringing home most of the troops from overseas.

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