Release: OKGOP Crushes Democrats in 2012 Voter Registration Efforts
"Today’s voter registration numbers echo what we have been saying since I became Chairman in 2010: the Democrat Party - both on a national and state level - has taken a hard-left turn and is not turning back,” said OKGOP Chairman Matt Pinnell. “It is no coincidence that as the Oklahoma Democratic Party has taken positions increasingly at odds with Oklahoma voters, that voter registration is tilting even more Republican.”
The State Election Board report notes that 2012 saw a continuation of Oklahoma’s decades-long trend of Republican and Independents increasing their share of registered voters. Twenty years ago, Democrats made up almost 64% of registered Oklahoma voters. Today, only 45%. Republicans on the other hand now comprise almost 43% of registered voters.
“The 2012 Democratic National Convention adopted a national platform that takes positions completely at odds with Oklahoma voters,” continued Pinnell. “From further gun restrictions and attacks on the energy sector to support for raising taxes in the midst of an economic crisis, the Oklahoma Democratic Party continues to embrace the far-left policies of Barack Obama and national Democrats.”
According to the State Election Board report, as of January 15, 2013, Oklahoma has 2,116,186 registered voters. This includes 962,072 Democrats, 897,663 Republicans, 256,450 Independents, and one (1) member of the Americans Elect political organization.
“More and more Oklahomans are awakening to the fact that there is no longer a place for them in today’s Democrat Party and they feel much more comfortable with today’s Republican Party that is championing lower taxes and less government intervention. When that awakening happens, we are ready with voter registration forms,” concluded Pinnell.