UNDATED -- Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe will return to Washington, D.C. The Republican held back challenges from Democrat Andrew Rice and Independent Stephen Wallace.
"So it's the people in this room, the people throughout Oklahoma who love this country enough and believed in me and our 20 kids and grandkids to make this race a reality. And I can promise you that you have my full attention to make sure that everything that you believe in in this room that we stand for will become a reality in Oklahoma," Inhofe said Tuesday night.
Inhofe was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1994 to fill the unexpired term of Senator David Boren, who left office to become the president of the University of Oklahoma. Inhofe won re-election in 1996, 2002, and again this year.
Inhofe served as a state legislator, mayor of Tulsa, and a U.S. Congressman before becoming a United States Senator.
His Democratic challenger, Andrew Rice, serves in the Oklahoma Senate, representing the 46th District.
"We did the best we could to try to win this race. We feel very good about where we are... but tonight I'm very proud to be an American because we're going to elect the person we need to this country to be president and that's Barack Obama," Rice said during Tuesday night's concession speech.