Rep. Todd Thomsen, R-Ada, is becoming acquainted with winning elections.
Thomsen, who first entered state politics in 2006 with a two-vote win over Ada resident Darrell Nemecek, handily defeated fellow Republican Cole Gallup to win re-election to another two-year term in the Oklahoma Legislature Tuesday.
Thomsen represents District 25 which includes most of Pontotoc County and parts of McClain, Pottawatomie, and Hughes counties.
No Democrat filed to challenge the Republican primary winner, so the victory means re-election for Thomsen. It wasn't the only race in Oklahoma decided under such circumstances.
The GOP has a 32-16 advantage in the Oklahoma Senate and a 67-31 edge in the House, where three seats are currently vacant.
In races for the state Legislature, the primary winners in 13 House races and four Senate districts will automatically win the seat since no members of the opposite party filed for the post.
Gallup was a newcomer to politics and is a decorated military veteran with staunch conservative credentials. Gallup is from the Pauls Valley and Stratford areas.
Unofficial vote totals in Pontotoc County show Thomsen defeated Gallup by 73 percent to 26 percent, however not all precincts within the legislative districts were reporting by press time.
Thomsen, a former member of the University of Oklahoma football team, resides in Ada with his wife and family.