Oklahoma gubernatorial election, 2014
June 24, 2014
November 4, 2014
Governor • Lieutenant Governor • Attorney General
Treasurer, Auditor, Superintendent, Insurance Commissioner, Labor Commissioner
- 1 Candidates
- 2 Results
- 3 Race background
- 4 Polls
- 5 Past elections
- 6 Voter turnout
- 7 Key deadlines
- 8 Recent news
- 9 See also
- 10 External links
- 11 References
The governor's office shifted from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party with Fallin's 2010 victory. Recent elections have not gone down to the wire as Brad Henry (D) and Fallin won by at least 20 percent in 2006 and 2010, respectively.
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.
Both legislative chambers and the governor's office were held by a single party prior to the general election, making Oklahoma a state government trifecta. If Dorman had won the 2014 election, the state would have lost trifecta status. Learn more about the latest developments in state government trifectas by clicking here.
Lost in primary
Removed from ballot
|Governor of Oklahoma, 2014|
|Republican||Mary Fallin Incumbent||55.8%||460,298|
|Election Results via Oklahoma State Election Board.|
|Governor of Oklahoma, Republican Primary, 2014|
|Election Results Via:Oklahoma State Election Board.|
Recent Republican strength
Oklahoma has elected Republicans to federal offices for decades but Democrats controlled much of state government through the early 21st century. The Democrats held the state legislature as recently as 2004 and controlled the governor's office until the 2010 elections when current incumbent Mary Fallin defeated Lieutenant Governor Jari Askins (D). Since 2010, Oklahoma has been strongly Republican at the state level and confirmed this assessment with Fallin's re-election in 2014.
General election issues
Fallin has been a popular governor, with her approval ratings hanging around 60 percent through spring 2014. Her challenger, Joe Dorman, is a conservative state representative who has made much of his campaign about education reform in Oklahoma. An important piece of Dorman's education pitch is his opposition to the Common Core State Standards Initiative. Governor Fallin signaled her opposition to Common Core by signing legislation on June 5 to repeal Common Core standards in Oklahoma.
Fallin's polling rollercoaster
In mid-July, a Rasmussen poll found a much closer race than expected between Fallin and Dorman. A July poll also showed Fallin's popularity and job approval ratings falling to around 50 percent. By mid-October, Fallin's poll numbers had rebounded with successive polls showing a 24-point lead over Dorman.
|Oklahoma Governor's Race 2014 - Fallin vs. Dorman|
|Poll||Mary Fallin * (R)||Joe Dorman (D)||Other/Undecided||Margin of Error||Sample Size|
July 15-16, 2014
July 20-25. 2014
August 28-30, 2014
August 18-September 2, 2014
|New York Times/CBS News/YouGov|
October 16-23, 2014
|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|
Note: An asterisk (*) denotes incumbent status.
|Governor of Oklahoma, 2010|
|Election Results Via: Oklahoma State Election Board|
|Governor of Oklahoma, 2006|
|Election Results Via: Oklahoma State Election Board|
Political scientist Michael McDonald's United States Elections Project studied voter turnout in the 2014 election by looking at the percentage of eligible voters who headed to the polls. McDonald used voting-eligible population (VEP), or the number of eligible voters independent of their current registration status, to calculate turnout rates in each state on November 4. He also incorporated ballots cast for the highest office in each state into his calculation. He estimated that 82,596,338 ballots were cast in the 50 states plus the District of Columbia, representing 36.4 percent of the VEP. By comparison, 61.6 percent of VEP voted in the 2008 presidential election and 58.2 percent of VEP voted in the 2012 presidential election.
- According to PBS Newshour, voter turnout in the 2014 midterms was the lowest since the 1942 midterms, which took place during the nation's involvement in World War II.
- Forty-three states and the District of Columbia failed to surpass 50 percent turnout in McDonald's analysis.
- The three states with the lowest turnout according to McDonald's analysis were Indiana (28 percent), Texas (28.5 percent) and Utah (28.8 percent).
- Maine (59.3 percent), Wisconsin (56.9 percent) and Alaska (55.3 percent) were the three states with the highest turnout.
- There were only 12 states that increased voter turnout in 2014 compared to the 2010 midterm elections.
|Voter turnout rates, 2014|
|State||Total votes for top office||% voter eligible population||Top statewide office up for election||Size of lead (Raw votes)||Size of lead (%)|
|District of Columbia||150,000||30.3||Mayor||27,934||19|
|Indiana||1,350,000||28.0||Secretary of state||234,978||17.8|
|North Carolina||2,900,000||40.7||U.S. Senate||48,511||1.7|
|North Dakota||248,670||43.8||U.S. House At-large seat||42,214||17.1|
|West Virginia||460,000||31.8||U.S. Senate||124,667||27.6|
Note: Information from the United States Elections Project was last updated on November 19, 2014. The results in this table draw from unofficial results as of November 12, 2014.
|April 11, 2014||Filing deadline for all candidates|
|June 24, 2014||Primary election|
|August 26, 2014||Runoff primary election|
|November 4, 2014||General election|
|January 12, 2015||Inauguration day for state executive officials elected in November|
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- Oklahoma State Election Board Website, "Voter Registration in Oklahoma," accessed January 3, 2014
- Oklahomans for Ballot Access Reform, "Governor Mary Fallin Has Made Moves Toward A Re-election Bid; Who Will Oppose Her?," July 10, 2013
- Tulsa World, "Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin kicks off re-election campaign," October 18, 2013
- KFOR, "Rep. Joe Dorman to explore run for governor," December 17, 2013
- Oklahomans For Ballot Access Reform, "Richard Prawdzienski Announces Independent Bid For Governor’s Seat," February 25, 2014
- Oklahoma State Election Board, "Candidates for Federal, State, Legislative and Judicial Offices," April 14, 2014
- KJRH Tulsa, "Guilty plea disqualifies independent candidate Joe Sills from Oklahoma governor race," April 21, 2014
- Tulsa World, "Randy Brogdon to make another run for governor," December 30, 2013
- NewsOK, "Randy Brogdon dissolves Oklahoma gubernatorial race corporation," February 20, 2014
- RJ Harris, "RJ Harris for Oklahoma Governor," August 8, 2013
- NewsOK, "R.J. Harris, Democratic candidate for Oklahoma governor, drops out of race," January 23, 2014
- The Washington Post, "Mary Fallin, crisis governor," May 1, 2014
- Joe Dorman for Oklahoma, "Issues," accessed June 6, 2014
- NewsOn6, "Governor Fallin Signs Bill To Repeal, Replace Common Core Standards," June 5, 2014
- Rasmussen Reports, "Election 2014: Oklahoma Governor," July 18, 2014
- KGOU, "Mary Fallin In A Close Contest With Joe Dorman For Reelection," July 19, 2014
- Oklahoma News9, "EXCLUSIVE POLL: Fallin Leads Dorman In Race For Governor, But Many Voters Undecided," September 4, 2014
- United States Elections Project, "2014 November General Election Turnout Rates," November 7, 2014
- TIME, "Voter Turnout in Midterm Elections Hits 72-Year Low," November 10, 2014
- PBS, "2014 midterm election turnout lowest in 70 years," November 10, 2014
- U.S. News & World Report, "Midterm Turnout Down in 2014," November 5, 2014
- Oklahoma Secretary of State, "2014 Statewide Elections," January 3, 2014
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