Barring unforeseen changes, the 2014 election season in Oklahoma figures to be a snoozer in terms of statewide offices and congressional races.
With 16 months to Election Day, no Democrat has filed to run against Republican Gov. Mary Fallin. Nor has any Democrat enrolled to run against state Auditor and Inspector Gary Jones, Treasurer Ken Miller, Attorney General Scott Pruitt or Insurance Commissioner John Doak.
All of those incumbents swept into office in 2010 when Oklahoma for the first time in its history placed Republicans in every statewide elective office. That sweep was completed by Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb, Labor Commissioner Mark Costello and schools Superintendent Janet Barresi.
Costello, who hasn't yet officially filed to run for re-election, has drawn a Democratic opponent. So has Lamb. Barresi, meantime, has several challengers lining up, including one in her own party.
Republican Joy Hofmeister of Tulsa, a former state Board of Education member, has raised $166,000 for her campaign. That outpaced Barresi, who reported raising $101,100 during the April 1 to June 30 filing period — $100,000 of that her own money. Democrats seeking the job are Donna Anderson, a former school principal in Kingston, and John Cox of Locust Grove.
All five Republican members of Congress are in strong shape leading into next year. Rep. Frank Lucas of Cheyenne may get pressed over the U.S. House farm bill, but he remains popular. Reps. Tom Cole, James Lankford, Jim Bridenstine and Markwayne Mullin have little to worry about. The same seems true for veteran Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, although his Democratic challenger, Matt Silverstein of Tulsa, appears to be a serious candidate.
Down-ballot races usually don't generate much excitement. That may change in 2014. As Fallin and others seem able to coast, Barresi may have to brace to turn back those put off by her worthwhile reform efforts and her sometimes prickly public persona.