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Steve Kern Loses GOP Oklahoma Senate District 40 Runoff To Ervin Yen

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A pastor whose legislator wife has made incendiary comments about minorities and gay people has lost a runoff election for an Oklahoma state Senate set.

Anesthesiologist Ervin Yen defeated Steve Kern in a runoff election for the Republican nomination to the District 40 Senate seat in Oklahoma City. Yen faces Democrat John Handy Edwards in the Nov. 4 general election.

Kern is an evangelical pastor and husband of Republican state Rep. Sally Kern, who made national headlines in 2008 when she said gay people pose a greater threat to the country than terrorism.

Two years ago, Sally Kern was reprimanded by the House and apologized on the House floor after denigrating blacks and women during debate on an affirmative action bill.

Sally Kern did not draw a challenger this year.

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