State Senator-elect Greg Treat casting his ballot this morning
With just over 41% of the vote, Greg Treat has won the special election in State Senate District 47, the seat vacated by now-Lieutenant Governor Todd Lamb. Treat defeated fellow candidates Carol Hefner (28%), Todd Brawley (17%), Steve Dobbs (7%) and Kenny Goza (6%) in the winner take all primary election. No Democrat or Independent candidate filed to run for the seat.
As fellow blogger Ron Black pointed out, in the State Senate, Treat will join another fellow (and now former) staffer for U.S. Senator Tom Coburn - State Sen. Josh Brecheen (R-Coalgate). Brecheen was elected to the State Senate this past November.
In addition to Brecheen, Treat joins two other current elected officials who have close ties to Sen. Coburn: Tulsa city councilman G.T. Bynum (elected in 2009) and State Rep. George Faught (R-Muskogee; elected in 2006). Bynum served on Coburn's staff, and Faught's oldest son serves on Coburn's staff.*
One could call this a Coburn Caucus. With the success these four have had, and Sen. Coburn set to exit elected office in 2016, don't rule out more Coburn-tied candidates joining the "club".
(* - in addition, Dr. Coburn delivered Faught's two youngest children.)