Politics

Christian Youth Camp Operator Wins GOP House Primary Runoff in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY -- The longtime operator of a Christian youth camp has defeated a former member of the Oklahoma Legislature to win the Republican nomination for a congressional seat in central Oklahoma. 

James Lankford of Edmond beat former state Rep. Kevin Calvey of Oklahoma City in Tuesday's primary runoff. Lankford had also led in balloting July 27 but did not have enough votes to avoid a runoff. During the past four weeks, Lankford suggested he represents a "fresh voice" in Congress. Calvey touted his military and legislative experience, saying he had the background needed to succeed in the U.S. House. 

Lankford will face Democratic nominee Billy Coyle and two independents on Nov. 2 in the race to replace incumbent Mary Fallin, who last month won the GOP's nomination for governor.