The midterm elections of 2018 saw Democrats retake the U.S. House of Representatives, picking up 40 seats across the country, including in Oklahoma’s fifth congressional district, which was labeled by some as the biggest upset of the election.

Republican Steve Russell had lost his reelection bid to Kendra Horn, who took advantage of changing demographics in parts of Oklahoma City and deployed a successful ground game in suburban communities that had long been Republican strongholds.

Today, headed into the 2020 election, Horn is the incumbent with a sizable war chest. But she isn’t abandoning her underdog energy, especially as a slate of Republican candidates have pledged to emerge from their primary and retake the only Democratic seat in the state.

On this episode we speak with Horn and State Sen. Stephanie Bice, one of several Republicans running in the primary. We also speak with JR Day of OkiePolls about which Republican candidate might have the best chance of upsetting Horn.

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Further reading

For Republicans in CD5 primary, Horn already the target