The incumbent took the State Senate seat for District 14 Tuesday — a seat held by Sen. Frank Simpson since he was first elected in 2010 — as Simpson held off Democrat challenger Justin Arledge.
“It was a very good night,” Simpson said. “I’m humbled at the outpouring of support for me.”
The voters in District 14 came out in droves for Republicans across the region, with 16,085 votes for Simpson, accounting for more than 70 percent of the total.
“Without the ongoing support of this district I wouldn’t be here,” Simpson said. “I feel this is a vote of confidence from my constituents that says I’ve been doing a good job and they want me to continue. I don’t take that for granted.”
Simpson’s opponent, Arledge, said he had the honor of calling Simpson to congratulate him on being reelected Senator for District 14.
“Frank Simpson and I have argued our differences and he has prevailed,” Arledge said. “No doubt many of those differences remain. These are difficult times for our state. I pledge to him to do everything in my power to help him lead us through the challenges we face.”
Arledge garnered about 6,805 votes, just under 30 percent of the district.
“We had a red tsunami in southern Oklahoma,” Simpson said. “It wasn’t just a red wave. It was a tsunami.”