Oklahoma Gubernatorial election, 2014

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Oklahoma Gubernatorial Election

Primary Date
June 24, 2014

General Election Date:
November 4, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Mary Fallin Republican Party

Oklahoma State Executive Elections
Top Ballot
Governor Lieutenant GovernorAttorney General
Down Ballot
Treasurer, Auditor, Superintendent, Insurance Commissioner, Labor Commissioner

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The Oklahoma Gubernatorial election will take place on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Mary Fallin (R) is eligible for re-election. The winner of the election will serve a 4-year term in office.

Oklahoma is one of 21 states with a mixed primary system. Parties decide who may vote, so an unaffiliated voter must be authorized by a party in order to vote in the primary.[1]


Lost in primary

Removed from ballot


Key deadlines

Deadline Event
April 11 Filing deadline for all candidates[12]
June 24 Primary election
August 26 Runoff primary election
November 4 General election

Primary results

Governor of Oklahoma, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMary Fallin 75.5% 199,907
Chad Moody 15.4% 40,804
Dax Ewbank 9.1% 23,999
Total Votes 264,710
Election Results Via:Oklahoma State Election Board Unofficial Results.

Race background

Oklahoma has been a safe Republican state at the national level for decades but, until recently, Democrats often controlled much of the state government. The Democrats held the trifeca as recently as 2004 and controlled the governor's office until the 2010 elections when current incumbent Mary Fallin defeated then-incumbent Lieutenant Governor Jari Askins.

Since 2010, Oklahoma has been strongly Republican at the state level and shows no sign of changing this year. Governor Fallin was well-liked until recently, with popularity above 60%.[13] Her challenger, Joe Dorman, is a conservative State Representative who has made much of his campaign about education reform in Oklahoma.[14] An important piece of Dorman's education pitch is his opposition to the education initiative Common Core. Governor Fallin signaled her opposition to Common Core by signing legislation on June 5 to repeal Common Core standards in Oklahoma.[15]

In mid-July, a Rasmussen poll found a much closer race than expected between Fallin and Dorman.[16] An earlier poll had shown Fallin's popularity and job approval ratings falling to around 50%.[17] As of late July, it is unclear what specific issues or concerns have caused this decline in Fallin's previously high popularity.

General election polling

Oklahoma Governor's Race 2014 - Fallin vs. Dorman
Poll Mary Fallin Joe DormanOther/UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Rasmussen Reports
July 15-16, 2014
Sooner Survey
July 20-25. 2014
AVERAGES 44.5% 35.5% 20.5% +/-4.15 625
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

See also

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  1. Oklahoma State Election Board Website, "Voter Registration in Oklahoma," accessed January 3, 2014
  2. Oklahomans for Ballot Access Reform, "Governor Mary Fallin Has Made Moves Toward A Re-election Bid; Who Will Oppose Her?," July 10, 2013
  3. Tulsa World, "Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin kicks off re-election campaign," October 18, 2013
  4. KFOR, "Rep. Joe Dorman to explore run for governor," December 17, 2013
  5. Oklahomans For Ballot Access Reform, "Richard Prawdzienski Announces Independent Bid For Governor’s Seat," February 25, 2014
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Oklahoma State Election Board, "Candidates for Federal, State, Legislative and Judicial Offices," April 14, 2014
  7. KJRH Tulsa, "Guilty plea disqualifies independent candidate Joe Sills from Oklahoma governor race," April 21, 2014
  8. Tulsa World, "Randy Brogdon to make another run for governor," December 30, 2013
  9. NewsOK, "Randy Brogdon dissolves Oklahoma gubernatorial race corporation," February 20, 2014
  10. RJ Harris, "RJ Harris for Oklahoma Governor," August 8, 2013
  11. NewsOK, "R.J. Harris, Democratic candidate for Oklahoma governor, drops out of race," January 23, 2014
  12. Oklahoma Secretary of State, "2014 Statewide Elections," January 3, 2014
  13. The Washington Post, "Mary Fallin, crisis governor," May 1, 2014
  14. Joe Dorman for Oklahoma, "Issues," accessed June 6, 2014
  15. NewsOn6, "Governor Fallin Signs Bill To Repeal, Replace Common Core Standards," June 5, 2014
  16. Rasmussen Reports, "Election 2014: Oklahoma Governor," July 18, 2014
  17. KGOU, "Mary Fallin In A Close Contest With Joe Dorman For Reelection," July 19, 2014