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Russell, Douglas, Guild Headed To Fifth Congressional District Runoff [CORRECTED]
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Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner Patrice Douglas and former state Sen. Steve Russell will meet in a runoff election for the Republican nomination in central Oklahoma's 5th Congressional District.
Douglas and Russell were the top vote getters in Tuesday' Republican primary. They will meet again in an Aug. 26 runoff to determine who will advance to the Nov. 4 general election. The winner faces the winner of a Democratic runoff and three independent candidates for the seat being vacated by Republican Rep. James Lankford, who is running for the U.S. Senate.
Douglas was elected mayor of Edmond before she took her statewide seat on the state Corporation Commission.
Russell is a retired Army lieutenant colonel who served in the state Senate from 2008 to 2012 after a more than 20-year Army career.
Retired university professor Tom Guild has advanced to a runoff in the race for the Democratic nomination in central Oklahoma's 5th Congressional District.
Guild was leading two other candidates but not by a large-enough margin to take the nomination outright. Republicans will also have a runoff Aug. 26.
The candidates are seeking to replace Republican Rep. James Lankford, who Tuesday night won the GOP nomination for an open U.S. Senate seat.
Guild taught political science and legal studies for 27 years. He ran unsuccessfully for the 5th District in 2010 and 2012 as a Democrat. The former Republican also ran unsuccessfully three times for Corporation Commissioner.
Also in the Democratic race were state Sen. Al McAffrey and seniors advocate Leona Leonard, who were fighting for second place.