GOP outnumbers Democrats

According to state election officials, 2,157,450 Oklahomans were registered and eligible to vote November 8.

That is a net increase of 40,000 over the last presidential election in 2012 and it was higher than 2004.

Since Jan. 15, Oklahoma has had a net gain of 178,643 voters. The biggest net beneficiary of the increases was the Republican Party, which added 103,802 voters.

Independents added 46,586 voters, while Democrats saw in increase of 24,658 and Libertarians added 3,599. The Libertarian Party became recognized in Oklahoma earlier this year and its presidential candidate, Gary Johnson, was on the Nov. 8 ballot in Oklahoma.

Republicans are growing the fastest in terms of raw numbers and share of the electorate, extending their lead as the state’s largest party. Republicans now make up 45.6 percent of all voters. Republicans first became the largest party in the state following the 2014 General Election.  Independents, meanwhile, remain the fastest growing portion of the electorate, with registration among Independents rising at a rate of 17.5 percent since January.

Although the number of Democrats in the state grew over the year, the party’s share of the electorate continued to decline, a trend that has been consistent over several decades. Democrats were officially the state’s largest party from statehood until January 2015.

Americans Elect, a political organization that gained recognition in 2012 but failed to field any candidates, had 11 voters as of Nov. 1. The group will cease to exist after this year.