OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — State Sen. Connie Johnson has won the Democratic primary runoff election and will face Republican U.S. Rep. James Lankford in the race to fill an open Oklahoma U.S. Senate seat.
Johnson beat perennial candidate Jim Rogers in Tuesday’s contest. She has campaigned on several social and civil liberties issues, including the legalization of marijuana and reform of Oklahoma’s criminal justice system, among others.
She also says the state’s economy is struggling and never fully regained its footing after the recession. She suggested putting people back to work rebuilding Oklahoma’s — and the nation’s — deteriorating infrastructure and crumbling roads and bridges.
Lankford is a two-term congressman who’s amassed an army of voters who know the Baptist minister from his years as director one of the country’s largest Christian youth camps.
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