Pinnell Won't Seek Third Term
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma Republican Party Chairman Matt Pinnell says he won't seek another term in office when his term expires next month.
Pinnell said Wednesday he would not run for a third term at the Oklahoma Republican Party Convention on April 20. First elected in 2010 when former Chairman Gary Jones ran for Oklahoma auditor and inspector, Pinnell was re-elected to a full two-year term in 2011.
During his tenure, Republicans captured every statewide elected office from Democrats in the 2010 elections, and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney won all 77 counties in the 2012 presidential election.
Although registered Democrats still outnumber Republicans in Oklahoma, the gap has been shrinking quickly. Democrats make up about 46 percent of the electorate, compared with about 43 percent for Republicans.