The Oklahoman and Tulsa World report Republicans continue to make historic gains in voter registration
(Oklahoma City)- The Oklahoman and Tulsa World both highlighted today the mid-year State Election Board figures showing Republican voter registration soaring in 2012. Since January 15, 2012, Republicans have seen a net increase of 23,502 voters while Democrats have had a net decrease of 296 voters. Democrat registration is now at an historic low of 942,987, while Republican registration is at an all-time high of 851,759.
"The latest numbers from the State Election Board confirm what we've been saying for some time now," said Chairman Matt Pinnell. "As the Democrat Party continues to move further and further to the left - a process which has been accelerated by Barack Obama - Oklahoma voters are realizing there is not a place for them in the modern Democrat Party. In the past 6 months alone, you've seen the Oklahoma Democratic Party (ODP) take positions and make comments that are completely out of touch with the principles and convictions that drive Oklahoma voters."
Earlier this year, the ODP publicly supported President Obama's decision to reject the Keystone XL Pipeline - a project which would have created thousands of well-paying jobs in Oklahoma. In April, ODP Chairman Wallace Collins made national news for comparing conservatives to Timothy McVeigh.
Since 1980, Democrat registration in Oklahoma has fallen from 75.8% of all registered voters, to just 46.4% today - a drop of nearly 30 percentage points.
"This has been a decades-long process, but the ODP is now taking its marching orders from a national Democrat Party led by progressive liberals, and state Democrats have had enough of that madness," continued Pinnell. "I'm confident that as the Republican Party continues to stand for the common-sense conservative principles of lower taxes and limited government, Republican voter registration will continue to rise until Republicans finally comprise the majority of Oklahoma voters," concluded Pinnell.
The Oklahoman: Republicans continue to make gains in stateTulsa World: Oklahoma GOP, independents see increase in voters