The Fix: John Sullivan

Oklahoma Rep. John Sullivan loses primary

Rep. John Sullivan (R-Okla.) became the latest incumbent to lose a primary on Tuesday, falling to tea party-backed Jim Bridenstine.

Sullivan survived a 2010 primary after taking time away from Congress, citing his “addiction to alcohol.” On Tuesday, he lost narrowly amidst a spirited — if under-funded — challenge from Bridenstine, a Navy pilot who raised less than $300,000 for the race.

With 94 percent of precincts reporting, Bridenstine led Sullivan 54 percent to 46 percent. AP has called the race for Bridenstine.
Tea party candidate Jim Bridenstine speaks during a news conference in Tulsa, Okla. Bridenstine defeated Rep. John Sullivan (R-Okla.) in a primary Tuesday. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

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