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Kerbs keeps House Dist. 26 for third term

By Vicky O. Misa | Vicky.misa@news-star.com | (405) 214-3962 | Twitter: @Vicky_NewsStar
The Shawnee News-Star
State Rep. Dell Kerbs, the incumbent, updates supporters  on election results during a watch party in Shawnee Tuesday evening. He won his bid for District 26; this will make his third term in the office.

The Republican candidate in the state House District 26 race claimed victory Tuesday; Incumbent Dell Kerbs will keep his post. This will begin his third term.

Several hours before the polls closed, challenger Bryce Barfield posted a photo of himself with Kerbs on Facebook.

“I went to see Dell before this 2020 election night ended,” he posted. “We are opponents, but I wanted him to know if he wins the race, I will support him and help him to help our community.”

The pair talked for about 45 minutes, he said.

“I like Dell, he has an interesting background like I do,” Barfield said. “He ran a positive campaign, which is what I tried to shoot for as well. We even became Facebook friends too! It’s been a good day.”

He noted if Kerbs came out the winner, “let us as a community support him.”

Kerbs said he was pleased at the high level of voter turnout.

“It's a great night for Oklahoma; it's a great night for Pottawatomie County,” he said. “People were engaged (in the process) and voters were educated on the issues).”

With all 13 precincts reporting, Kerbs won his race with 69.01 percent (or 9,879) of the votes, to Barfield's 30.99 percent (or 4,437).

Kerbs and his family live in Shawnee, where he owns a small restaurant, Coney Island, downtown.

House District 28

In the state House District 28 race, Republican Danny Williams beat Democrat opponent Yasminda Choate.

With a tally of 73.13 percent (9,590) of the votes, Williams won over Choate's 26.87 percent (3,523) of the votes.

Final count

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

Unless a contest of election or a petition for recount has been filed, results will be certified by county election boards not earlier than 5 p.m. Friday.

Results of a race in which a contest of election or a petition for recount has been filed cannot be certified until the contest has been heard or the recount has been completed.

State and federal election results will not be certified before Tuesday, Nov. 10.