Election Countdown: Oklahoma’s 5th Congressional Race

Election Countdown: Oklahoma’s 5th Congressional Race

October 15, 2020

With less than 3 weeks to go before Election Day, Power The Future has decided to highlight key energy districts nationwide. Over the next 21 days, our blog posts will cover a different congressional race in energy-heavy districts.

Oklahoma’s fifth congressional district, where incumbent Rep. Kendra Horn (D) and Stephanie Bice (R) are running against each other, encompasses the capital Oklahoma City.  In 2018, New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg spent big to successfully flip the seat. The incumbent, Kendra Horn, has cast two important votes against the energy industry, voting to ban exploration in Alaska and offshore drilling, a curious vote for a state that is landlocked and not in the arctic.  

If Kendra Horn gets to decide energy policy for America’s coasts and Alaska, one can only wonder if she is an advocate for the industry at all.  Rep. Horn is farther left than one would hope in energy-heavy Oklahoma. Comparing Rep. Horn’s voting record with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, outspoken radical and member of the Squad, they have agreed on 87% of votes since Rep. Horn has been in Congress. 

According to Cook Political report, OK-05 is an R+10 though recent polls have the race in a dead heat where Republican challenger Stephanie Bice is tied with the Congresswoman. The energy industry workers in oil and gas are most certainly watching this race closely.