The view from here

Actually, it was a pretty good day to be an Oklahoma incumbent: of the statewide officeholders, only Labor Commissioner Brenda Reneau was sent packing. More interesting is the apparent 24-24 tie in the state Senate, in which case Lt. Governor-elect Jari Askins, a Democrat, will hold the balance of power. (Senator Nancy Riley, who switched to the Democrats earlier this year, might well congratulate herself on her prescience.) The GOP still holds the House, though.

All the State Questions passed, although the only one that was never in doubt was 724, which cuts off state pay to an officeholder in jail, and which passed with better than a 7-1 margin.

I’ve seen no recount requests yet. If there are no challenges, the State Election Board will certify the results (current totals here) next Wednesday.

All in all, I can’t complain with any degree of conviction: most of the folks I voted for actually won, which is far better than my usual track record, and it looks like I can retire my Big Book of Thad Balkman Jokes.

(Oh, and my predictions? Not so close.)


  1. Sean Gleeson »

    8 November 2006 · 8:36 am

    Sen. Riley’s switch was not prescience, unless there’s such a thing as self-fulfilling prescience. Consider that if she had not switched, she would still be in the majority party.

  2. CGHill »

    8 November 2006 · 8:41 am

    Assuming everything else in life was utterly unchanged by her action, which, if you ask me, is a lot to assume.

  3. Ron »

    8 November 2006 · 8:57 am

    I was elated when Thad the Impaler lost yesterday … having worked on community projects and having interacted with his Royal Highness of Religion it will be nice to get someone in there who isnt the usual God, Guns, and Gays kinda guy. If only we could have got Trebor (that’s kid without a job makes good backwards)out of our house seat. Orwig had such a community spirit … I hope Trebor got the message on the close vote.

    Sorry to pontificate … What I really wanted to say was “Good Job!” on the predictions… overall good calls Chaz.

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