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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