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The big headline from last night's midterm elections is that Republicans walloped the Democrats, cashing in on enormous discontent about the state of the country to pick up seven Senate seats and wrest control of the chamber.

That, of course, sets up divided government for the next two years: a Democratic president and a GOP-controlled legislature.

Here are six tidbits that tell the story:

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Throughout the evening, KGOU will provide updates on the air and online as voters across the country determine who will represent them in state Capitols and Washington, D.C. for at least the next two years.

Oklahoma voters have cast ballots for every member of its Congressional delegation for the first time in state history, and decide who will occupy the Governor's mansion, lead the state Department of Education, and represent their constituents in the state House and Senate chambers at NE 23rd and Lincoln.


A large number of candidates standing for election or re-election have already been declared winners.

In the U.S. House, District 1, Jim Bridenstine, a Republican from Tulsa, is the winner because no one filed to oppose him, either in the April primary or in the general election.

Five state-wide office holders have been re-elected Four were unopposed in their primary or in the general election: Scott Pruitt for Attorney General, Ken Miller for State Treasurer, Gary Jones for State Auditor, and John Doak for State Insurance Commissioner. Todd Hiett won the primary for the Corporation Commission and no one filed as a Democrat to oppose the primary winner in the general election.

Of the 25 State Senate seats up for election in 2014, 12 State Senators are elected before voting today even began. Eight were unopposed candidates, one of whom was a Democrat. Four won their party’s primary election, one of whom was a Democrat. Of these, nine were incumbents and three candidates were running for open seats – two Republicans and one Democrat.

State House candidates are elected every two years so 101 seats were up for election but 64 have already been decided. 35 Republicans won because no opponent filed in the primary or general election while 15 Democrats had the same fortune. 11 Republicans won their primary and faced no general election opponent and just three Democrats won their primary to claim their seat. Of these 64 seats already decided, eight seats were without an incumbent candidate. Four Republicans won a primary for election and one had no primary or general opponent. Three Democrats won a primary election with no general election opponent.

U.S. farmers are bringing in what's expected to be a record-breaking harvest for both corn and soybeans. But for many farmers, that may be too much of a good thing.

Farmers will haul in 4 billion bushels of soybeans and 14.5 billion bushels of corn, according to USDA estimates. The problem? Demand can't keep up with that monster harvest. Corn and soybean prices have been falling for months. A bushel of corn is now worth under $4 — about half what it was two years ago.

Oil prices fell again Tuesday, to just below $76 a barrel before recovering slightly — one day after Saudi Arabia cut prices for the crude it sells in the U.S. market.

During most of the last quarter-century, that would have been viewed as a very positive development for the U.S. economy. But oil production here has increased so quickly in the past several years, the continuing price drops pose a potential threat to U.S. oil producers.

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The state's Department of Human Services is preparing to mark the 17th-annual Native American Heritage Celebration later this month.

The event is Nov. 17 at the Oklahoma City Farmers Market Auditorium and is open to the public.

The theme of this year's event is "Celebrating Wellness in Native America." 

Event organizers say the annual celebration provides an educational opportunity to appreciate and celebrate the wealth of cultural contributions of the Native American part of the state's population.  

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson pleaded no contest in his child abuse case, avoiding jail time after being indicted in September for using a wooden switch to punish his 4-year-old son.

The Associated Press reports that a judge in Conroe, Texas, agreed to the plea deal.

2014 midterm election campaign signs along Jenkins Ave. in Norman just southeast of the University of Oklahoma campus.
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In Sapulpa, Kathy Sampson, 67, of Bristow, a grandmother of four, said she voted a Republican ticket that included a ballot for Joy Hofmeister for state school superintendent.

"She's a Republican, and they needed to get (Janet) Barresi out of there without question, and Hofmeister can do it."

Sampson said she voted for U.S. Rep. James Lankford for senator because she liked his TV commercials and that he is a Baptist.

"I'm also a Baptist, and he's a Republican," Sampson said.

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Stephens County Jail

Investigators are gathering evidence from Facebook accounts believed to be connected to a 19-year-old who police say is accused in the shooting deaths of his newspaper publisher father and family.

The Oklahoman reports Alan Hruby is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of his father John Hruby, mother Tinker Hruby and sister Katherine Hruby at their home in Duncan. John Hruby was publisher of the weekly newspaper The Marlow Review.