Women, already underrepresented in the state Legislature, will hold fewer seats in 2017 despite a surge in the number of female candidates. Those results, coupled with Hillary Clinton’s failed bid for president, have disheartened many women. Now, women from both parties intend to form a caucus.
Oklahoma’s voter turnout in the presidential election was higher percentage-wise than it has been since 2004, with at least 60 percent of registered voters casting ballots in the race in all but three counties.
Republicans built further on their dominance of the state Legislature on Tuesday by securing a net gain of seven House and Senate seats. Yet a large freshman class, coupled with severe budget challenges, could spawn different approaches.
With the defeat of the penny sales-tax question, supporters of a teacher pay hike say their voices will be even louder at the Capitol next year. But the prospects are uncertain given the budget crunch.