Thursday, November 16, 2017

Oklahoma Elects Lesbian in District Trump Won by 39%

One week after their blowout victory in state races around the country, it is clear that Democrats' newfound competitiveness down the ballot is showing no signs of fading. In a new special election this Tuesday, voters headed to the polls in Oklahoma -- and flipped yet another red seat blue. The Democratic candidate, 26-year-old Allison Ikley-Freeman, is a mental health counselor and openly gay woman in a same-sex marriage. She defeated GOP candidate Brian O'Hara for Senate District 37, winning by just 31 votes. Ikley-Freeman will be the third openly LGBT person to serve in the Oklahoma State Legislature, after state Sen. Al McAffrey and state Rep. Kay Floyd. Oklahoma is one of the most consistently Republican states. It is one of only three states in which every single county voted for Trump. District 37, in western Tulsa County, is certainly not left-leaning. Its residents voted for Trump by 39 points, and former GOP state Sen. Dan Newberry by 15 points.

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But this year, Oklahoma Democrats have flipped four legislative seats blue in a series of special elections, chipping away at the Republican state legislative majority. Every one of those seats is in districts that backed Trump by double-digit margins.

As America heads into a midterm election year, the signs of a Democratic wave are growing. Polls show voters overwhelmingly want Democrats to control the House of Representatives, and that Democratic voters have an edge over Republican voters in enthusiasm and willingness to volunteer. Meanwhile, Republican lawmakers are retiring at a rapid clip, and Democrats are setting records for candidate recruitment.

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Electing a Gay person in Oklahoma heralds the End of Times or a transition into some parallel universe, or perhaps both together.

I blame, and thank, Trump. Same praise for Moore.

#1 | Posted by Zed at 2017-11-15 11:41 AM

Alto Texas appears to have unsuspected reserves of common sense, and grace.

#2 | Posted by Zed at 2017-11-15 11:43 AM

that sound you heard was Boaz's predictions crumbling.

#3 | Posted by kudzu at 2017-11-15 01:45 PM

#3 and his head exploding.

#4 | Posted by 726 at 2017-11-15 01:47 PM

Republicans are in serious denial of the likely hood their party will cease to be a national force in 2018.

If we see shifts that hard in just half of red CD's we can expect to win the rest if just barely.

And yes I mean ALL of them.

#5 | Posted by Tor at 2017-11-15 02:17 PM

I always go to Nate Silver. He was also the one who correctly predicted Trump had a good chance of winning for those hating.

He says the GOP strategists should be terrified. From what I hear, they are.

#6 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-11-16 03:31 PM

#6 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-11-16 03:31 PM

Did you happen to catch the story last night about the new chair of the Oklahoma Democratic Party (@ 25 years old, the youngest party chair in any state, ever):

Democrats feeling new energy, flipping seats in red Oklahoma

Anna Langthorn, new chair of the Oklahoma Democratic Party, talks with Rachel Maddow about recent blue victories in her very red state and the momentum she hopes to build with her party.

#7 | Posted by Hans at 2017-11-16 03:43 PM

It's not just because of trump.

It's because oklahoma voters saw the destruction that repub leadership brought them.

Some of their schools are only open 4 days a week now.

#8 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-11-16 05:36 PM

Did people stop being bigots all of the sudden or is the excuse making if the past twelve months less than accurate?

#9 | Posted by Sully at 2017-11-17 09:23 AM

#8 | POSTED BY SPEAKSOFTLY

That is exactly what the OK Dem Chair said on Maddow the other night.

#10 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2017-11-17 01:39 PM

I live in Oklahoma. I was born in Texas and when I decided I wanted to be an organic farmer I bought land in Oklahoma because I could buy an acre for around 3K as opposed to the 5 - 20K in the Metroplex. I think it might be useful to talk to this individual and see if she might support me in various agrarian pursuits.
I think the people here have been duped by big oil and the entire state would benefit if their local government advocated policies beneficial to the populace and detrimental to the fossil fuel industries.

#11 | Posted by Sybarius at 2017-11-18 01:21 AM

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