OKLAHOMA 7 Electoral Votes 
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Population 
(Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Oklahoma State Election Board) 
Total Resident Population, July 1, 2019 est.
3,956,971
Total Registration, Nov. 2020
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Oklahoma has: 77 counties.

Largest counties (five over 100,000): Oklahoma, Tulsa, Cleveland, Canadian, Comache. >
Largest cities (four over 100,000): Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Norman, Broken Arrow. >

Government
Governor: Kevin Stitt (R) elected in 2018. 
State Legislature: Oklahoma Legislature  House: 101 seats  Senate: 48 seats
Local: Counties, Cities, Tribes    NACO
U.S. House: 4R, 1D - 1. K.Hern (R) | 2. M.Mullin (R) | 3. F.Lucas (R) | 4. T.Cole  (R) | 5. K.Horn (D).  >
U.S. Senate: James Inhofe (R) seeking re-election in 2020, James Lankford (R) re-elected in 2016.
2020
U.S. Senate: Sen. James Inhofe (R), first elected in a Nov. 8, 1994 special election, and re-elected in 1996, 2002, 2008 and 2014 is seeking a fifth full term.  Challenging Inhofe are former news anchor Abby Broyles (D), Robert Murphy (L), Joan Farr (I) and April Nesbit (I).
U.S. House:
All five Members are seeking re-election.  In OK-5 (Oklahoma City), first-term Rep. Kendra Horn (D) is in a very competitive race against state Sen. Stephanie Bice (R), who defeated businesswoman Terry Neese (R) in the Aug. 25 run-off.
State Legislature: 25 of 48 Senate seats and all 101 House seats are up.  
Ballot Measures:
SQ 805 addresses punishment for persons convicted of a felony.  SQ 814 would decrease proceeds from settlements with or judgments against tobacco companies that go the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust Fund and instead direct the legislature to use the funds to support the state's Medicaid program and expansion.  Currently 75% of the tobacco money goes to the TSET Fund and 25% to the Legislative Fund; if voters approve this proposal the distribution would be 25%: 75%. >

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The Sooner State
General Election -- Tuesday, November 3, 2020
Voter Registration Deadline: Oct. 9, 2020.

Any registered voter can vote absentee by mail; deadline to request a ballot is Oct. 27.

Early Voting: Oct. 29, 30, and 31, 2020. >

On the ballot
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Trump/Pence (Rep.)


Jorgensen/Cohen (Lib.)


Biden/Harris (Dem.)


Simmons/Roze (Ind.)


West/Tidball (Ind.)


Pierce/Ballard (Ind.)






Ballot Access
For independent presidential candidates and nominees of unrecognized parties requires filing of petition with 35,592 signatures or a filing fee of $35,000 by July 15, 2020.  The filing fee is a new option; the law was amended in 2017. 
[26 O.S. §10-101.1 (A)(4)]

Overview: President Trump held his first rally following the outbreak of the pandemic on June 20, 2020 in Tulsa; the much scrutinized event fell short of expectations (+).
  Oklahoma's seven electoral votes are all but certain to be in the Trump/Pence column.  Oklahoma voters will have more choices for president than in past elections as three independent candidates have used the filing fee route to get on the ballot.
[State Primary: June 30, 2020]
Presidential Preference Primary -- Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Democrats
Biden 117,633 (38.66%), Sanders 77,425 (25.45%), 42,270 (13.89%), Warren 40,732 (13.39%)...  Total 304,281.  details

43 Delegates:
24 District, 8 At-Large, 5 PLEO and 6 Unpledged.


Republicans
Trump 273,738 (92.6%), Walsh 10,996 (3.72%), Matern 3,810 (1.29%), Ely 3,294 (1.11%), De La Fuente 2,466 (0.83%), Istvan 1,297 (0.44%).  Total: 295,601.


General Election Winners in Oklahoma, 1992-2016
1992 1996 2000 2004 2008 2012 2016
Bush
42.64%
Dole
48.26%
Bush
60.31%
Bush
65.57%
McCain
65.65%
Romney
66.77%
Trump
65.32%
  and the details...

General Election -- Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Voting Eligible Population*: 2,773,970.
VEP Highest Office Turnout Rate: 52.4%.

Voter Registration Deadline: Oct. 14, 2016.

Any registered voter can vote absentee by mail. >

Early Voting: Nov. 3, 4, and 5, 2016. >

Votes tallied in the presidential race:
Absentee Mail
101,253
6.97%
Early Voting
152,126
10.47%
Election Day
1,199,613
82.56%

1,452,992


Official Results >



+Trump/Pence (Rep.)

949,136
(65.32%)
Clinton/Kaine (Dem.)

420,375
(28.93%)
Johnson/Weld (Lib.)

83,481
(5.75%)
Total........1,452,992



Overview: Oklahoma voters still have limited choices when it comes to voting for president; a lawsuit filed by Rocky De La Fuente and Jill Stein noted that, "Oklahoma has the most restrictive ballot access laws for presidential and vice presidential candidates of Independent or non-recognized political party status in the United States  (>)."
   Voter registration statistics continue to show a decades long trend to the Republican Party.  
   Donald Trump visited for a fundraiser in Norman on Sept. 17.  Tim Kaine ventured into the state on Sept. 23, for a fundraiser in Oklahoma City.  The Libertarian and Green candidates did not make it to the state. 

   When the votes were tallied Trump carried every county, amassing a plurality of 429,136 votes (36.39 percentage points).
  Trump's 65.23% of the vote was right in line with the Republican results in 2004, 2008 and 2012, while Hillary Clinton's 28.93% was the worst showing by a Democratic presidential nominee since George McGovern in 1972.  Gary Johnson's 5.75% kept the Libertarian Party qualified as a recognized party in the state.
Clinton  |  Trump
BALLOT [PDF]

General Election -- Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Voting Eligible Population*: 2,619,121.
VEP Highest Office Turnout Rate: 55.8%.

Of 1,334,872 votes tallied in the presidential race:
  64,007 (4.79%) were absentee mail; and
  112,156 (8.40%) were early vote

Official Results >


Obama/Biden (Dem.)
443,547
(33.23)
+Romney/Ryan (Rep.)
891,325
(66.77)
Total........1,334,872



2012 Overview
Oklahoma's restrictive ballot access laws again gave voters just two choices.  (51,739 valid signatures were required to petition.  See: Johnson press release, Oklahomans for Ballot Access Reform).  Romney/Ryan won with a plurality of 447,778 votes (33.54 percentage points).  Turnout as a percentage of voting eligible population was fifth lowest of any state, after HI, WV, AR and TX.  Mitt Romney (May 9) and Ann Romney (Sept. 10) visited to do fundraisers.
Obama  |  (Romney)
BALLOT [PDF]

General Election -- Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Voting Eligible Population*: 2,578,351.
VEP Highest Office Turnout Rate: 56.7%.

43,913 valid signatures from registered Oklahoma voters by July 15th required to place a candidate on the ballot as an Independent.

Registration: Dem. 1,079,373 (49.42%)   Rep. 859,872 (39.37%)   Ind. 244,847 (11.21%)...  Total: 2,184,092 
                           Official Results >


+McCain/Palin (Rep.)
960,165
(65.65)
Obama/Biden (Dem.)
502,496
(34.35)
Total........1,462,661


2008 Overview
Despite the continued efforts of Oklahomans for Ballot Access Reform, Oklahomans again had just two choices on the presidential ballot in the general election.  The outcome was very similar to 2004; McCain-Palin achieved a plurality of 457,699 votes (31.30 percentage points).  Oklahoma provided their highest share of the vote and second biggest margin of any state. +
Obama/Allies  |  McCain/Allies  |  Nader  |  Barr

General Election -- Tuesday, November 2, 2004
Every other state had at least three candidates to choose from.  Oklahoma requires 51,781 signatures to secure full party ballot access and 37,027 signatures to place a presidential candidate on the ballot.  The state does not allow write-ins.  The Oklahoma Green, Libertarian, and Constitution parties organized a None of the Above campaign to protest the exclusion of third party and independent candidates.  They encouraged Oklahoma voters to vote in state and local races but leave the presidential ballot line blank.
Note: Oklahomans for Ballot Access Reform continued their efforts after the election; early in 2005 Rep. Marian Cooksey (R-Edmond) introduced a bill (HB1429) to lower the number of signatures required but the effort subsequently stalled.
Official Results 

Kerry/Edwards (Dem.)
503,966
(34.43)
+Bush/Cheney (Rep.)
959,792
(65.57)
Total.......1,463,758

 

2004 Overview
Oklahoma was the second best state for the  Bush/Cheney ticket as it improved on its 2000 showing, amassing a plurality of 455,826 votes over Kerry/Edwards (a margin of 31.14 percentage points). 

-The Oklahoman, Tulsa World, Enid News & Eagle, and The Shawnee News-Star endorsed President Bush.

-The Muskogee Daily Phoenix & Times-Democrat endorsed Senator Kerry. 


General Election -- Tuesday, November 7, 2000
For ballot access as an independent, Oklahoma requires signatures of 36,202 registered voters, the highest signature requirement, per capita, of any state in the country,   Further, Oklahoma’s signature deadline of July 15 is one of the earliest in the country (only 8 states are earlier).  Additionally, Oklahoma is one of only 7 states that don’t allow write-in votes for U.S. President.  The Nader campaign made a strong effort to achieve the required number of signatures in Oklahoma, but came up a bit short.  On Aug. 11, 2000 the campaign filed suit against the Oklahoma State Election Board in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma citing harassment in its signature gathering effort and seeking to extend the deadline to Sept. 1, 2000 (Nader v Ward, cv-00-1340-R).  Judge David Russell ruled against Nader on Aug. 30.
Official Results 


+Bush/Cheney (Rep.)
744,337
(60.31)
Buchanan/Foster (Ref.)
9,014
(0.73)
Gore/Lieberman (Dem.)
474,276
(38.43)
Browne/Olivier (Lib.)
6,602
(0.53)
Total........1,234,229

2000 Overview
Gov. Bush had no trouble winning his neighboring state's eight electoral votes, gaining a plurality of 270,061 votes (21.88 percentage points).

1992 and 1996 General Elections
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Bush (Rep.)............592,929 (42.64)
Clinton (Dem.)........473,066 (34.02)
Perot (Ind.).............319,878
 (23.01)
Marrou (Lib.)..............4,486 
(0.32)
Total........1,390,395

1996
Dole (Rep.)..............582,315 (48.26)
Clinton (Dem.).........488,105 (40.45)
Perot (Ref.).............130,788
 (10.84)
Browne (Lib.)..............5,505
(0.46)
Total........1,206,713