election 2014

Dorman: 'We Did A Lot Of Good' In 2014 Gubernatorial Campaign

Nov 10, 2014
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When state Rep. Joe Dorman (D-Rush Springs) fought back his emotions and addressed friends and family in a standing-room only hotel conference room on Election Night, he urged Oklahomans to stay positive in the face of defeat.

“I don't want to see any tears. I don't want to see any sorrows," Dorman said. "We did a lot of good. We knew we were up against tough odds running against an incumbent. And I appreciate each and everyone one of you."

A 'Better Than Expected' Run

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The chairman of the Oklahoma Democratic Party says officials have narrowed the list of possible candidates in a special 2nd District election.

Chairman Wallace Collins says state Sen. Jerry Ellis of Valliant, state Rep. Ben Sherrer of Chouteau and attorney Paul Scheiflebein of Tahlequah are being considered as possible Democratic candidates in the 2nd District. The potential candidates were selected during a meeting of the party's central committee Saturday.

Collins says a final choice will be announced early next week.

Oklahoma state Sen. Steve Russell speaking at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana - June 18, 2011
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Republican former state Sen. Steve Russell defeated Democratic state Sen. Al McAffrey Tuesday night in the race to fill the seat representing Oklahoma’s 5th Congressional District vacated by Republican U.S. Rep. James Lankford.

Lankford won election to the U.S. Senate to fill the expiring term of Tom Coburn. The open Fifth District includes most of Oklahoma County and Seminole and Pottawatomie Counties in central Oklahoma.

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Only 40.7 percent of Oklahoma's registered voters filled out a ballot during Tuesday's gubernatorial election Tuesday, according to preliminary results. That makes it the lowest turnout going as far back as 2002.

State data shows 51.5 percent of registered voters participated in the 2002 election. In 2006, 56.1 percent of voters turned out while 50.7 percent of voters participated in 2010.

Lankford Vows To Continue Coburn's Work After Senate Win

Nov 5, 2014
U.S. Senator-elect James Lankford talks with his new colleague Jim Inhofe at a watch party during the Nov. 4, 2014 midterm election.
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Republican U.S. Rep. James Lankford will finish the final two years of U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn’s term. A two-term congressman from Edmond, Lankford defeated Democratic state Sen. Connie Johnson and independent Mark Beard in the race to become Oklahoma’s junior U.S. Senator. Lankford’s victory means that both of Oklahoma’s Senate seats remain in Republican hands.

Lankford said Coburn’s leadership would be missed in Oklahoma, but that his work still has to continue.

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Throughout the evening, KGOU will provide updates on the air and online as voters across the country determine who will represent them in state Capitols and Washington, D.C. for at least the next two years.

Oklahoma voters have cast ballots for every member of its Congressional delegation for the first time in state history, and decide who will occupy the Governor's mansion, lead the state Department of Education, and represent their constituents in the state House and Senate chambers at NE 23rd and Lincoln.


A large number of candidates standing for election or re-election have already been declared winners.

In the U.S. House, District 1, Jim Bridenstine, a Republican from Tulsa, is the winner because no one filed to oppose him, either in the April primary or in the general election.

Five state-wide office holders have been re-elected Four were unopposed in their primary or in the general election: Scott Pruitt for Attorney General, Ken Miller for State Treasurer, Gary Jones for State Auditor, and John Doak for State Insurance Commissioner. Todd Hiett won the primary for the Corporation Commission and no one filed as a Democrat to oppose the primary winner in the general election.

Of the 25 State Senate seats up for election in 2014, 12 State Senators are elected before voting today even began. Eight were unopposed candidates, one of whom was a Democrat. Four won their party’s primary election, one of whom was a Democrat. Of these, nine were incumbents and three candidates were running for open seats – two Republicans and one Democrat.

State House candidates are elected every two years so 101 seats were up for election but 64 have already been decided. 35 Republicans won because no opponent filed in the primary or general election while 15 Democrats had the same fortune. 11 Republicans won their primary and faced no general election opponent and just three Democrats won their primary to claim their seat. Of these 64 seats already decided, eight seats were without an incumbent candidate. Four Republicans won a primary for election and one had no primary or general opponent. Three Democrats won a primary election with no general election opponent.

2014 midterm election campaign signs along Jenkins Ave. in Norman just southeast of the University of Oklahoma campus.
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In Sapulpa, Kathy Sampson, 67, of Bristow, a grandmother of four, said she voted a Republican ticket that included a ballot for Joy Hofmeister for state school superintendent.

"She's a Republican, and they needed to get (Janet) Barresi out of there without question, and Hofmeister can do it."

Sampson said she voted for U.S. Rep. James Lankford for senator because she liked his TV commercials and that he is a Baptist.

"I'm also a Baptist, and he's a Republican," Sampson said.

Voters across the country are headed to polls this morning. Thirty-six U.S. Senate seats and 36 governor's chairs are in play.

Our friends at It's All Politics have a ton of coverage. We'll leave you with five headlines from across the web that give you a broad overview of what to expect:

Earl E. Everett, 81, of Fort Gibson, was in a wreck Friday and was pronounced dead Sunday night, said Wallace Collins, chairman of the Oklahoma Democratic Party. Collins said Everett’s death was confirmed to the party by the state medical examiner’s office.

Sometime after the polls close Tuesday night, we'll find out if Republicans managed a spectacular feat.

The party that lost the last two presidential elections is seeking a comeback, adding control of the Senate to control of the House. Republicans aim to dominate Congress with a fresh presidential election looming in 2016. It would be, in one of the hackneyed phrases of journalism, "a remarkable transformation."

Do you plan to vote on Tuesday, but you don't know where to go? Here's a handy tool.

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A closer-than-expected governor’s race, a neck-and-neck standoff for the state superintendent seat and several competitive state Senate seats comprise Tuesday’s general election.

Early voting began Thursday and continued through Saturday. Winners will take their seats at the start of the legislative session early next year.

State Sen. David Holt (R-Oklahoma City) knocks doors for State Representative Jason Nelson (R-Oklahoma City) with his children Maggie and George.
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While most of the candidates on Tuesday’s ballot have been knocking doors, making phone calls and earning votes for weeks now, several state lawmakers are running unopposed and have quieter campaigns.

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The Oklahoma State Elections Board released new figures for voters’ registration by party yesterday.

While Democrats have the largest number of registered voters, their advantage has shrunk in the last nine months. Those registered as Republicans and Independents have increased in number since last January.

Over two million voters are registered, an increase of 43,644 or about 2.2%.

Registered Democrats fell by about 1,500, registered Republicans increased by nearly 27,000, and Independents increased just over 18,000.

State Rep. Joe Dorman (D-Rush Springs)
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Former Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry is endorsing fellow Democrat Joe Dorman in his gubernatorial bid and criticizing Gov. Mary Fallin and other Republican leaders for being weak on education. 

Known for his support of education during his two terms as governor, Henry formally announced his endorsement of Dorman on Thursday. The former governor criticized Fallin and Republican legislative leaders for failing to give Oklahoma teachers a pay raise despite Oklahoma's recovery from the recession and record revenue collections.

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Three days of early, in-person voting begins Thursday at county election board offices across the state.

Registered voters can cast their ballots from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, at their county election board office. The state previously offered early voting on Monday, but switched that day to Thursday to help local officials better prepare for Election Day on Tuesday.

Fewer than 50 percent of Oklahoma's 2 million registered voters are expected to vote in this year's general election.

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With midterm elections just around the corner, candidates are doing everything they can to earn the votes of any last-minute undecided Oklahomans.

Campaigning for governor looks a lot different when you already are governor. Incumbent Mary Fallin is trying to balance her job monitoring the capitol, where it’s legislative study season, with her campaigning schedule. She says it’s brutal. She averages five cities a day in a big, Republican red RV emblazoned with the outline of the state and the declaration “Mary on the Move.”

Stop and Talk

Former state Rep. Joe Dorman meets with voters on the University of Oklahoma campus during his 2014 campaign for governor.
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During midterm elections, voter turnout is traditionally much lower than in presidential years, but that doesn’t mean candidates slow down their campaigns. With Election Day nearing, gubernatorial challenger Joe Dorman is traveling the state trying to earn votes. 

Ecapitol news director Shawn Ashley discusses early voting, voter turnout, and candidates’ efforts to energize their supporters and get them to the polls.