Newcomer Markwayne Mullin wins District 2 Congressional seat, defeating Rob Wallace

Republican candidate Markwayne Mullin has won Oklahoma's District 2 Congressional seat, defeating Democrat Rob Wallace and Independent Michael Fulks.

9:06 p.m. - Wallace concedes.

8:37 p.m. - Mullin wins District 2 seat, defeats Rob Wallace. Giving acceptance speech.

8:10 p.m. - Mullin chatting with supporters.

7:49 p.m. - Live music at Mullin party.

7:45 p.m. - Wallace leaving watch party, with family.

7:08 p.m. - U.S. Rep Candidate (D) Rob Wallace says the majority of voters in District 2 are registered Democrats. Feels he has a chance.

5:58 p.m. - Mullin tweets "One hour left to go to the polls and vote!

5:48 p.m. - Wallace tweets voting reminder. "Only a little over an hour left to go vote. Please make sure all your friends and family are going."

5:07 p.m. - Wallace tells 2NEWS reporter Breanne Palmerini voters "can trust me."

5:06 p.m. - 2NEWS reporter Liz Bryant reports Mullin seemingly relaxed, playing football with his kids.

3:49 p.m. - Venue ready for Wallace watch party at Hamlin's Event Center in Muskogee.

3:26 p.m. - Mullin watch party setting up at Kilharens Lodge in Muskogee.

11:12 a.m. - Markwayne Mullin retweeted a thank you to a voter who said "3 votes from our family for you this morning! Eagerly watching all results tonight!" He also posted this picture earlier today.

Around 9 a.m. - Rob Wallace tweeted "Been up since early this morning reminding people to go to the polls" and posted this picture.

Here is what voters should know about the candidates:

Mullin

Markwayne Mullin was raised in Adair County and he graduated from Stilwell High School. He currently owns and operates Mullin Plumbing, which he took over for his father at age 20. Mullin also now owns several businesses, including Mullin Farms, Mullin Properties and Mullin Services.

Mullin's campaign slogan is "A rancher. A businessman. Not a politician."

He supports the following positions:

  • Believes government has "reached beyond the vision of our founders" and should be scaled back
  • ObamaCare must be repealed
  • The country needs better enforcement against illegal immigration.

Wallace

Rob Wallace received an undergraduate degree from the University of Oklahoma before accomplishing a law degree at OU. He's currently a prosecutor in the Pittsburg County District Attorney's Office.

Wallace is a former assistant U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Oklahoma in Muskogee and district attorney for Latimer and LeFlore Counties.

Wallace's campaign positions are as follows:

  • Provide small businesses with tax credits and better access to financing
  • Support certain provisions of ObamaCare but criticizes its developments with big business and special interests in mind instead of consumers
  • Encourage natural gas use to decrease dependence on oil imports; and
  • Give preference to veterans for all government jobs and give tax credits to businesses that hire vets.

Fulks

As a member of a military family, Michael Fulks was raised overseas. He served in the American Army reserves.  Fulks is currently a small business owner and he's worked 10 years in information technology at Carl Albert State College.

Fulks campaign positions include:

  • Scaling back corporate and special interest influence in politics;
  • single-payer health care reform to ObamaCare
  • fully implementing post-financial crisis reforms (Dodd-Frank) and
  • stronger measures to prevent illegal immigration.

For more Election Day information, visit our voter guide at www.kjrh.com/elections . You can find a sample ballot, polling places, a breakdown of ballot issues and a state-by-state interactive electoral map.

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