Only five counties statewide had a higher turnout in last week’s governor’s race than the 2018 contest, according to unofficial results from the Oklahoma State Election Board. 

Just over 50% of Oklahoma voters cast a ballot in the race, down from 56% four years ago. 

Click here to view our interactive database of county-level turnout.

Of note: Our turnout percentage is calculated by dividing the number of registered voters in a county by the number of votes cast for governor. The actual turnout rate, accounting for people who did not check a box in the governor’s race, may be slightly higher. 

I plan on looking further into the state’s voter turnout trends in the coming weeks. Have thoughts or insight on this topic you’d like to share? Email me at Kross@Oklahomawatch.org or send me a DM on Twitter.  

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What I’m Reading

Markwayne Mullin, James Lankford Sail to Senate Victories: Mullin won everywhere but Oklahoma County and mostly by wide margins. Lankford, who received around 65% of the vote essentially claimed victory shortly after the polls closed at 7 p.m. Tuesday. [Tulsa World]

Vicki Behenna Beats Kevin Calvey in Hotly Contested Oklahoma County DA Race: Throughout her campaign, Behenna touted her credentials as a former federal prosecutor involved in the conviction of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh. The Democrat won 54.4 percent of the vote to Republican Kevin Calvey’s 45.61 percent. [NonDoc]

After Reelection Win, Stitt Targets Schools and ‘More Options’ for Parents: In his election night victory speech, Stitt spoke about empowering families to choose their own school, including through the use of vouchers that allow students to access tax dollars to pay for private school tuition. [The Oklahoman]

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