OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - After a steady stream of setbacks in state
House and Senate races over the past dozen years, Oklahoma
Democrats are changing their approach for trying to regain seats in
the Legislature they dominated for decades.
Democrats traditionally took a statewide philosophy to
legislative elections, recruiting candidates and spreading
resources into political races equally across the state. Now, they
are taking a page from the Republican playbook and targeting House
and Senate districts with more precision.
Oklahoma Democratic Party spokeswoman Karina Henderson says the
previous strategy Democrats employed of targeting each of the
state's 77 counties simply isn't as effective as it once was.
Democrats essentially controlled the Legislature since statehood
before the GOP took control of the House in 2004 and the Senate in