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Oklahoma transgender candidate misses making history by 22 votes
Oklahoma transgender candidate misses making history by 22 votes

Oklahoma’s 88th legislative district is a bright blue dot in a deep red state, a district that has sent liberal and openly gay lawmakers to the state Capitol. And last week, it came within 22 votes of electing the state’s first openly transgender lawmaker. Paula Sophia, 48 --  Democrat, author, retired Oklahoma City cop and Army veteran -- lost 990 to 968 in a primary runoff for a state House seat. The winner, Jason Dunnington --  sociology professor and liberal Democrat -- was prepping for a concession speech when the last precinct reported in, giving him the edge. ------------ FOR THE RECORD 9:35 a.m. Aug. 29: An earlier version of this online article stated...

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