Presidential Politics And Election Returns
Last Updated July 15, 2003
Oklahoma has been a solidly Republican state in presidential elections since the 1950s. There are no large blocs of voters here who back national Democrats and almost everyone finds national Republicans acceptable. Oklahoma is thus not on anyone's list of target states in October, nor is it the subject of much attention as one of the southern Super Tuesday primaries. It has voted for party nominees in the last three presidential primaries; the last time it did not was in 1988, when it voted for Al Gore (a distant relation of onetime Oklahoma Senator Thomas Gore, grandfather of writer Gore Vidal). In 2001, a Democratic state senator tried to abolish the primary and to require five of the state's electoral votes to be cast for the candidate who carries each of the five congressional districts. This would not have changed anything in 2000, when Al Gore failed to carry any of the districts but, if such a bill were passed, it could mean that the outcome of the presidency would hinge on one Oklahoma congressional district. Democrats, who control the governorship and the legislature, have no hope of winning electoral votes in Oklahoma otherwise; maybe they will pass such a law (Maine and Nebraska have them too) in time for the 2004 election.
|2000 Presidential Vote|
|2000 Republican Primary|
|2000 Democratic Primary|
|1996 Presidential Vote|
For 1992 and 1996 presidential results in Oklahoma, please see the Almanac 2000 online.
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