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Democrat wins southeast Oklahoma House seat

The Associated Press

Democrats have regained an Oklahoma House seat they lost during the GOP sweep of 2010.

According to unofficial returns Tuesday, Curtis McDaniel of Smithville defeated Republican Joe Silk of Broken Bow 61. 5 percent to 28.5 percent to capture Rusty Farley's seat. Farley's daughter, Bethany, ran for the seat as an independent, as did James Skipper.

Rusty Farley of Haworth died last year.

McDaniel, a high school principal, couldn't be reached for comment.

Republicans now have a 68-32 edge in the House, with one vacancy to be filled April 3. Rusty Farley was the first Republican to hold the seat since statehood.

The election was one of four legislative seats up for grabs, including a House seat in Tulsa and Senate seats in Oklahoma City and north-central Oklahoma.