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When I moved over here fifteen years ago, you’d have been able to characterize this area as center-right and leaning Republican. Redistricting came after 2010, and suddenly it was a virtually-even split. Precinct-level numbers for 2018 indicate Vastly Increased Blueness, as follows:

Governor: Edmondson (D) 836; Stitt (R) 375; Powell (L) 40.

Lt Governor: Pittman (D) 699; Pinnell (R) 467; Holmes (L) 79.

Attorney General: Myles (D) 737; Hunter (R) 504.

Congress District 5: Horn (D) 815, Russell (R) 430.

State Senate District 40: Hicks (D) 819; Howell (R) 379; Hensley (I) 43.

County Commissioner District 1: Blumert (D) 804; Reeves (R) 421.

The first three, all statewide races, were won by the GOP, but Democrats took the remainder. (There was no race for State House District 87; incumbent Collin Walke (D) drew no opposition.)

And that Congressional race was legitimately a squeaker: winner Kendra Horn pulled in 50.7 percent, a difference of about 3300 out of 238,000. She’s the first Democrat to represent District 5 since John Jarman switched to the GOP after the 1974 election.

Disclosure: I had a yard sign for Carri Hicks.

2 comments »

  1. hollyh »

    14 November 2018 · 3:19 pm

    1. So glad Oklahoma finally has one little dot of blue, right in the middle of the state.

    2. Any politician who switches parties, based on the outcome of an election, should NEVER be voted for again, by either side.

  2. CGHill »

    14 November 2018 · 7:08 pm

    And Jarman wasn’t; he decided not to run again in 1976, and the seat was won by Mickey Edwards, whom Jarman had (barely) defeated in 1974. A glimpse of the writing on the wall?

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