|OKLAHOMA||7 Electoral Votes|
|Oklahoma went from 8 electoral votes to 7 as a result of the 2000 Census|
(Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Oklahoma State Election Board)
Oklahoma has: 77 counties.
Largest counties: Oklahoma, Tulsa, Cleveland, Comache.
Largest cities: Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Norman, Lawton.
State Election Board
Party of OK
|Every other state had at least three candidates to choose from. Oklahoma requires 51,781 signatures to secure full party ballot access and 37,027 signatures to place a presidential candidate on the ballot. Further, the state does not allow write-ins. The Oklahoma Green, Libertarian, and Constitution parties organized a None of the Above campaign to protest the exclusion of third party and independent candidates. They encouraged Oklahoma voters to vote in state and local races but leave the presidential ballot line blank.||
Oklahoma was the second best state for the Bush/Cheney ticket as it improved on its 2000 showing, amassing a plurality of 455,826 votes over Kerry/Edwards (a margin of 31.14 percentage points).
-The Oklahoman, Tulsa World, Enid News & Eagle, and The Shawnee News-Star endorsed Pres. Bush.
-The Muskogee Daily Phoenix & Times-Democrat endorsed Sen. Kerry.
State Primary July 27, 2004
Gov. Bush had no trouble winning his neighboring state's eight electoral votes, gaining a plurality of 270,061 votes (21.88 percentage points).
|Notes: For ballot access as an independent, Oklahoma requires signatures of 36,202 registered voters, the highest signature requirement, per capita, of any state in the country, Further, Oklahomaís signature deadline of July 15 is one of the earliest in the country (only 8 states are earlier). Additionally, Oklahoma is one of only 7 states that donít allow write-in votes for U.S. President. The Nader campaign made a strong effort to achieve the required number of signatures in Oklahoma, but came up a bit short. On Aug. 11, 2000 the campaign filed suit against the Oklahoma State Election Board in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma citing harassment in its signature gathering effort and seeking to extend the deadline to Sept. 1, 2000 (Nader v Ward, cv-00-1340-R). Judge David Russell ruled against Nader on Aug. 30.|
Allocation of the 40 Pledged Delegates:
Clark 15 Edwards 13 Kerry 12
Delegates (40 Pledged, 7 Unpledged) and 8 Alternates
Delegates (15District level; 26 At-large), 38 Alternates
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