Recount continues in Oklahoma congressional runoff election

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OKLAHOMA CITY- State election officials are recounting the votes cast in an Oklahoma congressional runoff race in which the two candidates were separated by just 40 votes.

Democrat Tom Guild sought the recount in the 5th Congressional District race against former state Sen. Al McAffrey, who led by 40 votes out of more than 16,000 cast in the Aug. 23 runoff.

State Election board spokesman Bryan Dean said Wednesday that the recount began Tuesday in Seminole and Oklahoma counties. Dean says that so far, Guild has lost two votes and McAffrey’s vote total remains unchanged.

McAffrey defeated Guild in the 2014 Democratic runoff election. The winner of the runoff will face Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Russell, who’s seeking a second two-year term, and Libertarian Zachary Knight in the Nov. 8 general election.