Oklahoma Politics

Politics and Government
8:44 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Most Oklahoma Primary Money Supported Attack Ads

Credit thinkpanama / Flickr Creative Commons

An analysis of television advertising in this year's primary races in Oklahoma shows that nearly two of every three dollars spent on TV advertising in the state school superintendent race were spent attacking candidates.

The analysis by the non-partisan Center for Public Integrity shows about $3.9 million was spent on television advertising through Sept. 8 for state-level offices, including superintendent, governor, corporation commissioner and state legislative races. That's an increase from about $3.3 million spent during a comparable period in 2010.

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OETA
11:52 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Oklahoma Forum: Primary Election Wrap-up

We analyze Tuesday’s Oklahoma Primary Election results and discuss campaign strategy and issues for the 2014 election season with:

  • Keith Gaddie, Chair, Political Science Department, University of Oklahoma
     
  • Sheryl Lovelady, former political pollster and campaign strategist  
     
  • Nate Webb, political analyst and former Congressional Chief of Staff for Mary Fallin
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Primary Elections
9:50 am
Sun June 29, 2014

Countdown To August 26 Runoff Elections

Credit Laura Knoll / KGOU

Democrats in Oklahoma who already face an uphill battle against Republicans in this increasingly red state for the fall 2014 election now are preparing for two more months of inner-party conflict in races for nominations in three major political contests, two of which are state-wide races. Republicans have more runoffs in state house and senate districts.

Democratic candidates for an open U.S. Senate seat, open 5th District U.S. House seat and state schools superintendent all were forced into an August 26 runoff when no one was able to capture a majority of votes in last week's primary election.

John Fox and Freda Deskin are competing for the Democratic nomination for the state schools superintendent slot. Connie Johnson faces Jim Rogers for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate. Tom Guild and Al McAffrey will continue to fight for the nomination in the U.S. Congressional District 5.

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Primary Elections
8:07 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Lankford Win Highlights Stunning Rise To Power

U.S. Rep. James Lankford during a December 2011 House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform hearing.
RepLankford Flickr Public Domain

U.S. Rep. James Lankford's victory over a well-funded tea party challenger highlights a stunning rise to power for a 46-year-old who was a church camp director and political unknown just four years ago.

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Primary Elections
8:53 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Lankford Wins GOP Nod In U.S. Senate, Faces Dems Johnson Or Rogers, Independent Beard

U.S. Rep. James Lankford
House Republican Conference

U.S. Rep. James Lankford has won the Republican nomination for Oklahoma's open U.S. Senate seat.

By capturing more than 50 percent of the vote Tuesday in the seven-man GOP primary field, Lankford avoids a runoff and faces the Democratic nominee and an independent in November.

The seat was open because U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn decided to forego the final two years left on his term amid a recurrence of cancer. The state's other senator, James Inhofe, also was on the ballot and easily won his GOP primary.

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Oklahoma Votes 2014
7:51 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Early Results: Fallin, Inhofe, Cole, Lucas, Mullin All Capture GOP Nominations

Congressman Jim Bridenstine, Markwayne Mullin, Tom Cole, and Frank Lucas all earn GOP nominations. Bridenstine has no Democratic challenger in November.
U.S. Rep. James Lankford Facebook

Gov. Mary Fallin has defeated two pro-marijuana challengers to win the Republican nomination in her quest for a second four-year term as Oklahoma's chief executive.

Fallin defeated Oklahoma City criminal defense attorney Chad Moody and libertarian-leaning Dax Ewbank of Guthrie in Tuesday's Republican primary. The win sets up a November general election matchup against Democratic state Rep. Joe Dorman of Rush Springs and two independents.

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Politics and Government
10:45 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Polls Open For Oklahoma Primary Election Voters

Credit Laura Knoll / KGOU

Polls are open for Oklahoma voters to cast ballots in this year's primary election.

Find Your Polling Place, Confirm Your Voter Registration, And View A Sample Ballot

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Politics
3:30 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

In Oklahoma Senate Race, A Choice Between Two Deep Shades Of Red

State Rep. T.W. Shannon (left) talks with U.S. Rep. James Lankford following a June 6 Republican candidate forum for the open U.S. Senate seat in Lawton, Okla.
Sue Ogrocki AP

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 7:07 pm

In Oklahoma, Republicans will vote Tuesday on a nominee to finish the term of current GOP Sen. Tom Coburn, who is retiring at year-end with two years left to spare. For the two front-runners, Rep. James Lankford and former state House Speaker T.W. Shannon, immigration has suddenly become an issue in the race.

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Oklahoma Voices
11:16 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Primary Preview: Four Oklahoma Races To Watch Tuesday

Brian Hardzinski KGOU

The retirement of U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) has had a ripple effect in Sooner State politics, reaching into the Fifth Congressional District, and all the way into the Oklahoma Corporation Commission and state legislative seats.

KGOU gathered eCapitol News Director Shawn Ashley, Watchdog.org Oklahoma bureau chief and CapitolBeakOK writer Patrick McGuigan, and SoonerPoll and Shapard Research President and CEO Bill Shapard to make sense of the several hotly contested races in both the GOP and Democratic primaries.

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Oklahoma Watch
7:47 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Election Records: ‘Dark-Money,’ Campaign Groups Have Close Connections

State Rep. T.W. Shannon (R-Lawton) is sworn in as Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives - January 8, 2013
Oklahoma Legislative Service Bureau

Key individuals involved in a so-called “dark-money” group supporting T.W. Shannon for U.S. Senate this year have had close ties with the campaign or its main consulting firm, according to state, federal and other public documents.

Those same individuals helped lead a separate independent political group in 2012 that had close connections to the consulting firm representing some state candidates also supported by the political group.

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