GOP registration in Oklahoma continues to grow

Democrats make up the state's largest political party, but latest voter registration figures show Republicans had the biggest increase in members since June 1.
BY MICHAEL MCNUTT mmcnutt@opubco.com Modified: August 6, 2012 at 9:06 pm •  Published: August 7, 2012
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Registered Republicans continue to increase their numbers in the state, voter registration figures show.

Registered Democrats still make up Oklahoma's largest political party with 46.3 percent of all registered voters, state Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax said Monday. Republicans make up 42 percent and independents number 11.7 percent, but Republicans had the largest growth in registered voters since June 1, Ziriax said.

Of the 9,667 new registered voters from June 1 through Aug. 1, 4,638 were Republicans, 3,032 were independents and 1,995 were Democrats.

The state's newest political party, Americans Elect, picked up two registered voters, putting their total at eight. Americans Elect had a successful petition drive to get on this year's ballot in the state, but since announced it was ending efforts to get nominees for president and vice president on the ballot after failing to generate sufficient interest.

Oklahoma as of Aug. 1 had 2,039,740 registered voters. For the year, Republicans have had the largest net growth in registered voters, picking up 28,140. Independents picked up 9,283 registered voters this year and Democrats gained 1,699.

Republicans have been making gains since 1960 in Oklahoma; Democrats fell below 50 percent of registered voters in 2009.

The last Democratic president to carry Oklahoma was Lyndon Johnson in 1964.

In 1980, Democrats made up 75.8 percent of registered voters in the state, while Republicans numbered 22.8 percent and independents totaled 1.4 percent.

Thirty years ago, in 1982, Democrats made up 71.4 percent registered voters in Oklahoma compared with 26.4 percent for Republicans and 2.2 percent for independents.

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