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Republican primaries remain treacherous for incumbents

Posted on AllSides June 19th, 2024
From The Center

The fractiousness accompanying the Oklahoma Republican Party's supermajority status in state government showed itself again in Tuesday's primaries. Four GOP incumbents, including the Senate president pro tem-elect, were defeated. Three, including the House Appropriations and Budget Committee chairman, were forced into the Aug. 27 runoffs. That might not seem like a lot — 21 other incumbents won primaries Tuesday — but until recently it would have been an almost unprecedented event. From 2000-2014, a total of only three incumbents lost primaries or runoffs. Then, in 2016 alone, three incumbents, all...

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