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Five Things to Watch in Tuesday’s Primary Election: The first decisive moment in Oklahoma’s 2016 election season will occur on Tuesday, when Republicans, Democrats and Libertarians nominate candidates for dozens of legislative and congressional races. Some of these primary races will lock up the ultimate winner because only candidates from one party are running. Others will be decided in a later run-off or in November. Making sense of primary results can be difficult. Here are five things to watch for on Tuesday [Oklahoma Watch]. “Dark money” groups that seek to influence elections have spent more than $300,000 over the past five weeks on Oklahoma’s legislative and congressional primary contests [Oklahoma Watch]. With all five U.S. House incumbents in Oklahoma facing a Republican primary challenger, Tuesday’s congressional primaries may see upsets [NewsOK]. Find links to information about Tuesday’s elections here.
Republicans continue to gain in voter registration in Oklahoma: Current statistics in Oklahoma show the Republican Party continuing to lead in voter rolls. Records maintained by the state Election Board show 929,989 registered Republicans, 838,665 Democrats, 281,790 independents and 807 Libertarians. The number of Republican voters went up by about 3 percent from 2014 to 2016, a net increase of about 26,000 voters. The number of Democrats fell by 6 percent, a net loss of 53,000 voters from 2014. Independents, meanwhile, had a net increase of 28,000 voters in that period [NewsOK].
Supporters of penny sales tax for education call legal challenge ‘obstruction’: Backers of a penny sales tax for schools say a legal challenge to keep the issue off the Nov. 8 ballot ignores the will of more than 300,000 people who signed petitions to place the measure before voters. Anna King, a proponent of the initiative, criticized OCPA Impact, the conservative lobbying group behind the challenge. “It’s time to let the people vote to invest more in our schools and our teachers,” she said at a state Capitol news conference Friday. “Obstructing direct democracy — especially at such a critical time for our schools — is shameful.” [NewsOK]
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