Saddam Captor Wins Oklahoma Congressional Runoff

Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 01:17 PM

By Andrea Billups

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A retired Oklahoma soldier and former state senator who was a part of the military team that captured Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein in 2003 has won his GOP primary bid for Congress.

Steve Russell prevailed in a runoff race on Tuesday, winning 59 percent of the vote to oust Corporation Commissioner Patrice Douglas, who earned 41 percent of the tally, The Hill reports. The win paves what some say is an easy path to Washington after the Nov. 4 midterm elections.

Upon his return from serving in Iraq, Russell, 51, penned a memoir of the capture, "We Got Him." The lieutenant colonel used his story of wartime determination as part of his campaign message, The Hill said, even as his opponent was the expected frontrunner.

He is expected to have an easy time in the general election where he will face Democrat Al McAffrey. The winner would succeed Rep. James Lankford, who has represented Oklahoma's 5th District since 2011. Lankford is now running for a Senate seat.

"I am humbled to be your choice," Russell said after reciting the scripture passage, Psalm 37.3, which begins "Trust in the Lord and do good," The Oklahoman reported.

Russell had been endorsed by 20 Republican members of the Oklahoma Legislature, the OkieBlaze reported.

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