June primary election causes upheaval

Posted on: 7/6/16

On June 28, the Oklahoma primaries were held around the state. Three incumbent lawmakers lost primary bids, bringing the total number of new lawmakers in office next year to a minimum of 45, no matter who wins the three seats in the November General Election. That’s nearly a third of the entire Legislature. On the federal level, all five of Oklahoma’s Congressmen won easy primary victories.  

Thirteen legislative primary races across the state are headed to a runoff election on Aug. 23.  

Elections are over for some. A dozen legislative candidates won’t have to campaign any further after winning their races June 28. These candidates did not have an independent or another candidate from a different party file for their seat. That means they won’t have to compete in the general election and they have now secured a spot in next year’s legislative class.

For more information, click here. To read a recent blog by Steve Lewis, Tulsa lawyer and former speaker of the House of Representatives, explaining that elections are how voters stake out where they want their legislators to compromise and where they want them to hold the line, click here(Lynne White)

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