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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

On Tuesday, Democrats won a shutout victory in special elections in the Oklahoma state legislature.
Democrat Karen Gaddis defeated Republican Tressa Nunley in House District 75, while Democrat Michael Brooks beat Republican Joe Griffin in Senate District 44.
The special elections were called to replace state Rep. Dan Kirby of Tulsa, who resigned following sexual harassment allegations from staffers, and state Sen. Ralph Shortey of Oklahoma City, who was indicted on three felony counts of child prostitution.
Both of these districts are extremely Republican. House District 75 voted for Trump 58 to 36, and Senate District 44 votes for Trump 56 to 37.

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More generally, Oklahoma is one of the most heavily Republican states in the country. It is one of only two states in which Trump carried every single county. Right-wing extremism is heavily entrenched in the state legislature -- one Oklahoma lawmaker made national news for calling Islam "a cancer on our nation that needs to be cut out," and another proclaimed from the House floor that "I've seen many people of color who didn't want to work as hard." Democrats are usually so uncompetitive in the Sooner State that last year, they did not even run candidates in 21 state house races. But there have been recent signs of growing Democratic strength in Oklahoma. In May, another special election in a house district Trump won 73 to 23 points was breathtakingly close, with Republicans only winning by 2 points. This year, Republicans managed to hang on to congressional districts in Georgia, Kansas, Montana, and South Carolina with intense political spending. But at the state level, Democrats have been drubbing them. The GOP failed to flip legislatures in Delaware and Connecticut. They lost local elections in Illinois and Virginia. They lost heavily red seats in the New Hampshire House of Representatives and the New York State Assembly. After years as the dominant political force in state politics, Republicans are suddenly finding themselves playing defense in the age of Trump. Democratic victories in Oklahoma are the latest sign of a shift that is only just beginning.

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+2 in state legislatures which lean heavily republican.
Good werk ;).

#1 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2017-07-12 01:28 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Guess when you're consistently losing everything else, you look for something positive. Bravo. About 1,000 more seats to go to get back to pre-Obama.

#2 | Posted by cookfish at 2017-07-12 01:41 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

This is what I have been talking about for months, work on a strong ground game at the local level, ditch identity politics, have a strong economic message, listen to the constituents and take back the States and Congress...everything else will follow.

Well done.

#3 | Posted by leftcoastlawyer at 2017-07-12 01:41 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

#2

Got to start somewhere.

#4 | Posted by leftcoastlawyer at 2017-07-12 01:42 PM | Reply

True, but you don't crow because your team scored a field goal when you're down by 50, either.

#5 | Posted by cookfish at 2017-07-12 01:44 PM | Reply

I wonder if this played a role:

The special elections were called to replace state Rep. Dan Kirby of Tulsa, who resigned following sexual harassment allegations from staffers, and state Sen. Ralph Shortey of Oklahoma City, who was indicted on three felony counts of child prostitution.

Some of the votes for Dems may have been voters punishing the GOP for the behavior of their 2 ousted reps who were being replaced.

#6 | Posted by JeffJ at 2017-07-12 01:50 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

True, but you don't crow because your team scored a field goal when you're down by 50, either.

#5 | Posted by cookfish at 2017-07-12 01:44 PM

It's Oklahoma. Crow.

This is the Trump Effect. Even a genius Democratic program wouldn't switch things there like this.

#7 | Posted by Zed at 2017-07-12 02:03 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

This is the Trump Effect.

That may have been a factor, but I think Jeff hit the nail on the head in #6.

#8 | Posted by leftcoastlawyer at 2017-07-12 02:11 PM | Reply

Yay, ZED. Did you glue two little blue smiley face stickers just north of TX on your conquest map?

#9 | Posted by cookfish at 2017-07-12 02:11 PM | Reply

Republicans and sex crimes. Hilarious. Sure, you expect it from those damn libruls. But I'll bet you 3 Benjamins the two Reps are also born-again.

#10 | Posted by TedBaxter at 2017-07-12 02:25 PM | Reply

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Awkward.

#11 | Posted by TedBaxter at 2017-07-12 02:26 PM | Reply

Imagine how many seats Dems could win nationally if all the toe-tapping, sexual harassing, child molesting rwing congressmen like these were indicted?

#12 | Posted by Corky at 2017-07-12 02:29 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Some of the votes for Dems may have been voters punishing the GOP for the behavior of their 2 ousted reps who were being replaced."

But those people were ok voting for the perv Trump?

#13 | Posted by danni at 2017-07-12 02:34 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

It's fun watching Cookfish get all bent out of shape.

#14 | Posted by TheTom at 2017-07-12 03:24 PM | Reply

"Some of the votes for Dems may have been voters punishing the GOP for the behavior of their 2 ousted reps who were being replaced."
But those people were ok voting for the perv Trump?

#13 | POSTED BY DANNI

There's a yuuuge difference between Trump being a lout and being indicted for child prostitution.

#15 | Posted by JeffJ at 2017-07-12 03:35 PM | Reply

Republicans and sex crimes. Hilarious. Sure, you expect it from those damn libruls.

#10 | POSTED BY TEDBAXTER AT 2017-07-12 02:25 PM | FLAG:

If we're playing the odds on scandals, the Republicans are sex criminals, and the Democrats are tax cheats.

#16 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2017-07-12 04:56 PM | Reply

True, but you don't crow because your team scored a field goal when you're down by 50, either.

#5 | POSTED BY COOKFISH

At the very least it's worth getting into the news exhibits 3,560,832 and 3,560,844 in evidence of Repubs being self-righteous lying hypocrites.

#17 | Posted by jpw at 2017-07-12 10:04 PM | Reply

#3
okies ditching idpol? ha.

#18 | Posted by ichiro at 2017-07-13 02:48 AM | Reply

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