EDMOND – “Hey, Oklahoma. We did it.”
Those were the first words to come out of U.S. Rep-elect Stephanie Bice’s smiling mouth Tuesday night in front of a throng of supporters at the Hilton Garden Inn here in Edmond.
This closely watched U.S. House race, between Bice and incumbent Democrat U.S. Rep. Kendra Horn of Oklahoma City, reflected the nature of the district, which is still largely Republican and includes rural, conservative areas as well, east of Oklahoma City.
Later, after speaking for approximately five minutes, she added, “I am thrilled that once again Oklahoma, on the federal level, is once again, 100% red.”
Bice will now join Oklahoma’s congressional delegation – along with Republicans Frank Lucas, Tom Cole, Markwayne Mullin and Kevin Hern, all re-elected Tuesday night as well – in the U.S. House of Representatives.
“I cannot tell you how excited I am to be standing before you as the next congresswoman for the 5th District,” she said, as people cheered.
Bice said the election was not just about the 5th District but also the future of the Republican Party and the future of the country.
She thanked her family and all of her campaign team and the army of volunteers who helped the campaign over these past months even through the COVID-19 pandemic and the recent ice storm that struck central Oklahoma.
Said Bice: “One of the reasons I ran for the Oklahoma State Senate six years ago was because I wanted to make a difference for Oklahoma, for my daughters and for your children and grandchildren as well.
“Part of this is really for them, to make sure that Oklahoma is the best place it can possibly be for them and the future.”
But before getting down to work and preparing the transition to Washington, D.C. and ensuring House Speaker Nancy Pelosi becomes “former Speaker of the House,” Bice said that “now, it’s time to celebrate.”
Of the 303,585 votes cast in the 5th District, 158,044, or 52.1%, were cast for Bice, while 145,541, or 47.9 %were cast for Horn.