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Oklahoma's road to becoming a red state

by Tiffany Gibson Published: July 21, 2014

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Oklahoma is known as the reddest state in the country, but it wasn’t always that way.

MSNBC’s Luke Russert discussed the state’s political history and transformation in a segment on The Daily Rundown Monday. He pointed out that the state elected 16 straight Democratic governors from 1907 to 1963. It wasn’t until the 1970s that the Democratic hold on politics started to loosen.

Here are some interesting facts about the shift:

-Democrats actually outnumber Republicans amongst registered voters, but Republicans have strong majorities in the most populated areas.

-Oklahoma County was majority Democratic in 2002. Same goes for Cleveland County.

-No Democratic presidential candidate has won a county in Oklahoma in a decade.

-Since 1979, the state has alternated between putting Republicans and Democrats in the Governor’s Mansion.

-The state’s current delegation is made up of all Republicans. That’s the third time that’s happened in the last 20 years.

-Oklahoma has only elected one Democratic senator since 1973.

So, you might already know a lot of this as an Oklahoma native, but if you’re like me and from out of town, you probably just learned something about Oklahoma’s road to becoming a red state.

by Tiffany Gibson
News Online Editor
Tiffany Gibson has worked for the Oklahoman since August 2011 and is a member of the digital news team. In addition to writing and web editing, she also creates multimedia features for the website and maintains social media accounts. A Tennessee...
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