Ziriax said one reason the percentage of Oklahoma voters likely to go to the polls is lower than the national average is political campaigns didn’t spend large amounts of money in the state.
“One thing that Oklahoma did not have in 2012 was a hot race or political candidates to turn out those registered voters,” Ziriax said. “If you look at so-called battleground states, the presidential and political campaigns paid millions of dollars to get people out to the polls. It’s not necessarily a fair comparison to compare Oklahoma, that didn’t see that level of investment by presidential or political campaigns, and compare us to battleground states.”
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