Joe Dorman

Former state Rep. Joe Dorman meets with voters on the University of Oklahoma campus during his 2014 campaign for governor.
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A former Democratic congressman's interest in becoming Oklahoma's governor could edge out another popular candidate.

Not long after Dan Boren said he might run for governor, 2014 Democratic gubernatorial nominee Joe Dorman announced he would back off if the former congressman seeks the post, The Journal Record’s Dale Denwalt reports:

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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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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 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.

Joe Dorman and Mary Fallin
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Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has raised more than three times as much money as her Democratic opponent Joe Dorman, but the latest campaign finance reports show Dorman has kept pace during the last few months.

Contribution and expenditure reports due by midnight Tuesday show Dorman raised more than $785,000 during the period from Aug. 12 to Oct. 20. During the same stretch, Fallin raised a little more — about $822,000.

Overall, Fallin has raised more than $4.4 million in her race for another four-year term as governor while Dorman has collected a little more than $1.4 million.

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. 

Gubernatorial Race Closer Than Expected

Oct 26, 2014

This year’s gubernatorial race between Gov. Mary Fallin and Democratic challenger Joe Dorman is closer than expected. One poll shows Dorman has narrowed the gap among likely voters, although Fallin retains a double-digit lead. Analysts say Fallin is running on the economy, while Dorman is stressing education in his campaign.

Democrat Joe Dorman says he knew facing an incumbent Republican in a solidly red state meant he would have to find and exploit a weakness if he hoped to defeat Republican Gov. Mary Fallin.

Fallin has never lost an election during her political career and has a roughly 5-to-1 fundraising edge over Dorman.

Dorman believes he's found Fallin's weakness in education policy. He hopes to tap into voter frustration as a result of policies pushed by Fallin and the Republican-controlled Legislature. These include an A-F grading system for schools, high-stakes reading tests for third graders, and the repeal of Common Core standards.

Meanwhile, Fallin says education will be a priority of her second term and stresses Oklahoma's economy that includes decreasing unemployment and increases in personal income and state revenue.

Joe Dorman and Mary Fallin
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Gubernatorial candidate Joe Dorman is no longer cash-poor.

Dorman, a Democratic state representative from Rush Springs, is challenging Gov. Mary Fallin, the Republican incumbent.

Political experts have said Dorman can't beat Fallin partly because he wouldn't be able to  raise enough money to compete. And indeed, at the end of August, Fallin’s campaign war chest had more than $1.3 million compared with Dorman's $142,000.

But the money picture has changed.

Analysis Of The Gubernatorial Debate By eCapitol

Oct 6, 2014

Talking to OETA Managing Editor, Dick Pryor, e-Capitol News Director reviews the gubernatorial debate and previews some of the more interesting state senate races in this year’s general election.

Democratic gubernatorial nominee and state Rep. Joe Dorman (D-Rush Springs) and Republican incumbent Gov. Mary Fallin during the October 2, 2014 debate at Oklahoma State University.

Incumbent Republican Gov. Mary Fallin and Democratic state Rep. Joe Dorman of Rush Springs faced off Thursday night at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater in the only scheduled gubernatorial debate before the November 4 elections.

The two candidates focused on education and public safety issues and sparred over the current administration's handling of the economy.