The results are nearly complete and so are the realities for some political leaders. Those who took races for granted are now reordering their personal lives for a new season of life out-of-office.
Steve Russell was warned by several analysts that his Oklahoma City metro congressional district(5) is the breeding ground of a reborn Democratic machine. Evidently he didn't tool up with the right response. Newcomer Kendra Horn ran a very effective race and managed to keep Russell's team overconfident. this means that Oklahoma now has one Democrat in the Washington delegation for the first time since Dan Boren represented Eastern & Southern Oklahoma (district 2)
Rural Democrats are an endangered species.
The Democrats won multiple special elections in the past 2 years. Last night they kept most of them.
Drew Edmondson failed to meet expectations. His heavy defeat will impact politics in Oklahoma for at least the next 14 years, because political redistricting comes up in 3 years, but Kevin Stitt will govern during that process. This dynamic has helped Oklahoma Republicans take power, because Frank Keating and Mary Fallin governed that process in the past 2 redrawings of the maps.
Oklahoma does not have an effective state Democrat Party. But Oklahoma County definitely does. That, coupled with the apathetic Oklahoma County Republican Party; is a big reason why the real energy of the Democrat party is in OKC & Norman.