Shawnee residents watched Tuesday evening as two local businessmen battled for the Oklahoma House of Representatives District 26 seat.

Incumbent Dell Kerbs, Republican, retained his position in the House with 6,241 votes, or 56.99 percent, defeating his opponent, Democratic candidate Terry W. Hopkins.

Kerbs said he is very pleased with the outcome of the election, commending Hopkins on a well-fought race.

This will mark the beginning of Kerbs' second term in the office.

“When you work hard for the district, it rewards you with two more years in the office,” he said. “I'm grateful to my constituents for allowing me to keep serving them.”

He said now it's time to get back to work.

At the beginning of the campaign season, six candidates had thrown their hats in the ring for District 26. The three Democratic candidates were Hopkins, E. Bruce Bushong and Lauren Richter; the three Republican candidates were Kerbs, Lucas Cannon and Sterling Springer.

According to the ok.gov/elections website, the unofficial and unverified election results were posted to as they were received at the Oklahoma State Election Board from county election boards and will not include provisional ballot results until after 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9. Results are subject to contest and recount and are neither final nor official until they are certified by the appropriate election board.