Republican Steve Russell wins central Oklahoma's open 5th Congressional District seat



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OKLAHOMA CITY — Republican Steve Russell has won an open U.S. House seat representing central Oklahoma's 5th Congressional District.

The former state senator defeated Democratic state Sen. Al McAffrey in Tuesday's election. The seat is being vacated by Republican U.S. Rep. James Lankford.

Russell says the United States' economy, its relationship with other nations and the rise of Islamic extremists are among issues he was most questioned about by voters during the campaign.

Russell is a retired Army lieutenant colonel whose career culminated with the U.S. invasion of Iraq. He wrote the book "We Got Him," about his unit's role in the hunt for and capture of Saddam Hussein. He regularly speaks at events across the nation.

The district includes most of Oklahoma County and Seminole and Pottawatomie counties to the east.

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