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Midterm Election Recap, in Brief
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 7:05 AM

Across the Cornerstone region, the voters have spoken, giving the Republicans a landslide victory in local, statewide, and national elections. Cornerstone is paying particularly close attention to the results of yesterday's elections in an effort to determine how these outcomes may impact the region's credit unions.

Notably, the entire Arkansas Congressional delegation is now Republican for the first time in the state's history. U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton will replace Sen. Mark Pryor in the U.S. Senate, and Asa Hutchinson will replace Mike Beebe as governor. The percentage of registered Arkansas voters casting their ballots was 49.6 percent.

In Oklahoma, Gov. Mary Fallin retains her seat, as does Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb. In the U.S. Senate, Jim Inhofe renews his term, and U.S. Rep. James Lankford wins the vacated seat of Tom Coburn, who's retiring. In the U.S. House, Markwayne Mullin, Frank Lucas, and Tom Cole hold onto their posts, while Oklahoma Sen. Steve Russell fills Lankford's vacated U.S. Senate seat. Only 40.7 percent of registered Oklahoma voters cast their ballots, which translates to the lowest election turnout going as far back as 2002.

For all the talk of Texas turning blue, it got significantly redder. Republicans swept the statewide offices for the 10th consecutive general election (gubernatorial and presidential), including nominee Greg Abbott, who won the governership, Dan Patrick assuming the helm as lieutenant governor, and John Cornyn who retains his seat in the U.S. Senate. The GOP picked up one congressional seat, the Senate seat belonging to gubernatorial nominee Wendy Davis, and three House seats. Only about 33 percent of registered voters made it to the polls in the Lone Star state.

More detailed election information can be found in the Advocate, Special Election Edition.