Russell Wins Primary, Advances to August Runoff


Contact: Chairman Tom Donelson

Steve Russell came from behind to finish first in the Republican Primary for Oklahoma’s fifth Congressional District with 26.6% of the vote to advance to the runoff.

In early polling by Sooner Poll for Channel 9 in Oklahoma City, Steve Russell was in 4th with only 7.4% of the vote in a poll concluded May 10th.

Americas PAC made its commitment to support Steve Russell public on April 17th and began a full radio campaign in Oklahoma City on May 5th.

By June 21st Steve Russell had moved into second place with 18.9%.

On election day, Steve Russell had 26.6% of the vote.

“Americas PAC never wavered in our commitment to support Steve Russell,” said Americas PAC chairman Tom Donelson. “In April I said ‘We don’t check to see which the way the wind is blowing in an election. We work to make the wind blow the way of the best candidate,’ and we helped make the weather for a Russell Victory.”

Campaign finance reports show that Steve Russell was outspent by two of his competitors, Mike Turner and Patrice Douglas. Turner who spent $643,000—nearly all of it his own money—finished fourth. Turner was also aided by $135,000 from a Super PAC funded by his family. Douglas spent $558,874.

Russell raised $189,026. The additional advertising by Americas PAC put net expenditures in support of Russell slightly ahead of the $249,255 raised by Clark Jolley who placed third.

“We knew from the start that Steve Russell’s proven track record of leadership would overcome the financial disadvantage,” Donelson said. “The people of Oklahoma obviously agree that in these times of international uncertainty, we need the proven leadership of Steve Russell in Congress.”

Americas PAC is a Federal, non-connected independent expenditure only committee active in elections across the US and specializes in crafting radio advertising messages and campaigns proven to convert voters.