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ELECTION 98 MAIN | | REMOTE NAVIGATOR

OKLAHOMA

Race Summary

Governor    (2214 of 2214 precincts reporting)
Boyd (D) 41%     Keating (R) * 58%    
Senate    (2214 of 2214 precincts reporting)
Carroll (D) 32%     Nickles (R) * 67%    
House 01    (269 of 269 precincts reporting)
Plowman (D) 38%     Largent (R) * 62%    
House 02    (431 of 431 precincts reporting)
Pharaoh (D) 40%     Coburn (R) * 58%    
House 03    (481 of 481 precincts reporting)
Roberts (D) 38%     Watkins (R) * 62%    
House 04    (307 of 307 precincts reporting)
Odom (D) 38%     Watts (R) * 62%    
House 05    (312 of 312 precincts reporting)
Smothermon (D) 32%     Istook (R) * 68%    
House 06    (433 of 433 precincts reporting)
Barby (D) 34%     Lucas (R) * 65%    
Updated November 04, 1998 03:40 P.M. EST

TOP RACES

GOVERNOR: Gov. Frank Keating (R), first elected in 1994, is seeking a second term. He faces marriage and family therapist Laura Boyd (D).
Stuart Rothenberg's Race at a Glance

SENATE: Sen. Don Nickles (R), first elected in 1980, is seeking a fourth term. He will face businessman Don Carroll (D).
Stuart Rothenberg's Race at a Glance


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1998 POLLS

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POLL HOURS

8 a.m. ET (7 a.m. CT) to 8 p.m. ET (7 p.m. CT)


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SENATOR AND GOVERNOR NOT UP IN 1998

Sen. James M. Inhofe (R), first elected 1994; next election in 2002.


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VACANCIES

1998 vacancies list


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HOUSE DISTRICTS

  • CD1 (Tulsa; part of Wagoner County):
    Howard Plowman (D); Steve Largent (inc) (R)
  • CD2 (Northeast; Muskogee):
    Kent Pharaoh (D) ; Tom Coburn (inc) (R)
  • CD3 (Southeast; "Little Dixie"):
    Walt Roberts (D); Wes Watkins (inc) (R)
  • CD4 (Southwest; part of Oklahoma City):
    Ben Odom (D); J.C. Watts Jr. (inc) (R)
  • CD5 (North central; part of Oklahoma City):
    Mary "M.C." Catherine Smothermon (D); Ernest Istook (inc) (R)
  • CD6 (West and Panhandle; part of Oklahoma City):
    Paul M. Barby (D); Frank D. Lucas (inc) (R)


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    PRIMARY DATE

    August 25

    Primary results

    (September 15 runoff)

    Runoff results


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    FILING DEADLINE

    July 8


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    STATEWIDE BALLOT MEASURES

    Total Number: 6


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    PARTY CONTROL

    Governor: Republican
    U.S. Senate: 2 Republicans
    U.S. House of Representatives: 6 Republicans
    State Senate: 34 Democrats, 13 Republicans (1 seat vacant)
    State House of Representatives: 65 Democrats, 36 Republicans


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    STATE LEGISLATIVE ELECTIONS

    Senate: 24 seats up
    House: All 101 seats up


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    PARTY REGISTRATION

    State Projected Voting Age Population: 2,426,000 (1996)
    Registered Voters: (1/15/98) 1,990,591

    Democrats: 1,158,754 58.21%
    Republicans: 691,942 34.76%
    Reform Party: 269 0.01%
    Independent: 139,626 7.01%

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    ELECTORAL VOTES

    8


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    PRESIDENTIAL VOTING HISTORY

    Dole won in 1996; Bush in 1992; Bush in 1988; Reagan in 1984; Reagan in 1980; Ford in 1976; Nixon in 1972; Nixon in 1968; Johnson in 1964; Nixon in 1960.

    LAST TIME VOTED DEMOCRATIC FOR PRESIDENT: 1964

    PRESIDENTIAL VOTE IN 1996:

    Dole 48%
    Clinton 40%
    Perot 11%

    PRESIDENTIAL VOTE IN 1992:

    Bush 43%
    Clinton 34%
    Perot 23%

    PRESIDENTIAL VOTE IN 1988:

    Bush 58%
    Dukakis 41%

    PRESIDENTIAL VOTE IN 1984:

    Reagan 69%
    Mondale 31%

    PRESIDENTIAL VOTE IN 1980:

    Reagan 61%
    Carter 35%
    Anderson 3%


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    PAST EXIT POLLS

    1992:

    1994:

    1996:


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    TURNOUT

    Historical voter turnout as a percentage of the voting age population 1996-1960


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    DEMOGRAPHICS

    Population: 3,301,000 (1996)
    (% of voting age population)

    White: 84.3%
    African American: 6.6%
    Asian: 1.0%
    Native American: 6.9%
    Other/Undeclared: 1.1%

    Persons of Hispanic origin account for 2.2% of the voting population (from 1990 Census)


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    STATE TIDBITS

    State Capital: Oklahoma City
    State Nickname: Sooner State

    Oklahoma is no stranger to boom-and-bust upheavals. Fickle forces, from the 1930s dustbowl drought to the 1995 terrorist bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building, have etched the Sooners with a distinct skepticism. Buoyed by the growth of the service sector, Oklahoma's economy is stable, but past upheavals have reverberated in the political realm as well. In 1990, Oklahoma was one of the first states to approve term limits for state legislators. This used to be a Democratic outpost, but in the past few years Oklahoma has swung markedly to the right. In the last 10 presidential elections, Oklahoma has voted Republican nine times; in 1964 the state went Democratic. The Republicans control the governorship, both U.S. Senate seats and all six seats in the House of Representatives.


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    RELATED SITES

    NOTE: External sites will open in a new browser window.

    Government:

    Oklahoma Secretary of State
    http://www.oklaosf.state.ok.us/~sos/main.htm
    Oklahoma State Election Board
    http://www.state.ok.us/~elections/
    Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating's Home Page
    http://http://www.state.ok.us/~governor/
    Oklahoma State Senate
    http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/senate/welcome.html
    Oklahoma State House of Representatives
    http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/house/ohorpage.htm

    News Media:

    CNN Affiliates

    KOCO (Oklahoma City)
    http://www.kocotv.com/
    KOKH (Oklahoma City)
    http://www.fox25.net/
    KOTV (Tulsa)
    http://www.kotv.com/
    KSWO (Wichita Falls-Lawton)
    http://www.kswo.com/

    State Newspapers

    The Daily Oklahoman
    http://www.oklahoman.com/
    Tulsa World
    http://www.tulsaworld.com

    General Interest:

    The White House
    http://www.whitehouse.gov/WH/Welcome.html
    The House of Representatives
    http://www.house.gov/
    The Senate
    http://www.senate.gov/
    Library of Congress -- The Legislative Branch
    http://lcweb.loc.gov/global/legislative/congress.html
    Congressional Quarterly's American Voter
    http://voter.cq.com/
    Congressional Quarterly's VoteWatch
    http://pathfinder.com/CQ/
    THOMAS: Legislative Information on the Internet
    http://thomas.loc.gov/
    Federal Election Commission
    http://www.fec.gov/
    Democratic National Committee
    http://www.democrats.org/
    Republican National Committee
    http://www.rnc.org/
    Project Vote Smart
    http://www.vote-smart.org
    Policy.com
    http://www.policy.com/


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    Updated: October 25, 1998



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