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Republicans could gain a larger majority in Oklahoma Senate

Republicans could gain a larger majority in Oklahoma Senate

Published: June 13, 2010

A few key elections could change the makeup of the state Senate, where Republicans hold a two-seat majority over Democrats.

Term limits and shifts in voter attitudes could mean some seats long held by Democrats will go to the GOP, pundits say.

"There is a definite potential for the Democrats to lose seats,” said Keith Gaddie, a professor of political science at the University of Oklahoma. "If everything goes their way, Republicans could gain five seats.”

Republicans could pick up winners in four seats vacated by longtime Democrat officeholders prevented from running again by the state's rule that politicians serve no more than 12 years in office. Republicans have the potential to pick up a seat in southern Oklahoma City or Norman, he said... FULL ARTICLE


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