As Republicans in Oklahoma continue to lose special elections, State Republican Chairman Pam Pollard said the picture isn’t as bleak as being portrayed in the media.
In an email to party members, Pollard pointed out:
- Democrats have won 67 percent of the special elections in the past six years.
- In State Senate races, Democrats have won 71 percent and in House races, 63 percent.
- In 2017, Democrats have won four of seven races (57 percent) – compared to a 67 percent historical average.
- In 2017 Senate races, Democrats won two of three (67 percent).
- In 2017 House races, Democrats have won two of four (50 percent).
- In the special election in Senate District 37 (in Tulsa and Sand Springs), a Democrat won by 31 votes (.7 percent). In the neighboring Senate District 34 (Owasso, Collinsville and Skiatook) in January of 2016, the Democrat won with 486 votes. Both districts have the same ratio of registered Republicans to Democrats (64 to 35 percent) and both almost identical voter turnout percentages.
“Republicans have struggled in 2017,” Pollard wrote in her email. “The Legislature spent the entire regular session and an 8-week special session looking for ways to fund current expenses. As State Party Chairman, my job is to monitor the effects the legislature has on upcoming elections. The special election results mirror the latest poll numbers that the vast majority of voters still believe Republicans are more trusted in running state government, including taxation policy and government spending.”