Incumbent Brad Henry
(a Democrat who narrowly won in 2002, defeating football hero and all around great guy
. His opponent this year is Congressman Ernest Istook
. Henry is very popular
, but this is Oklahoma, so the race could heat up very soon. Henry has had to appoint 3 new state supreme court justices in only 4 years in office, and there are one or two who have been in office for quite a few decades, so I wonder if this will be a campaign issue.
Lieutenant Governor Mary Fallin, a popular 3-term LG, is running in the GOP priary for Istook's now-vacant 5th district seat. I hope she has better luck than the last woman to run a major Congressional race in Oklahoma, Frank Keating's wife Cathy, who had a very ugly primary fight that she ultimately lost. OK's Congressional districts are all very gerrymandered (1 D, 4 R), so there doesn't seem to be a big fight ahead once the 5th-CD primary is done.
The state house was taken over by Republicans (for the first time since the 20's) in 2004. The state senate is narrowly Democratic, but there are about 7 Dem-held seats which will be open due to term limits. Some are in very competitive districts.
I don't know that much about some of the other races, like Lt. Governor. These are the candidates listed at Politics1:
Todd Hiett (R) - State House Speaker & Rancher
Scott Pruitt (R) - State Sen. & Attorney
Cal Hobson (D) - State Sen., Ex-State Rep. & Retired National Guard Officer
Jeff Rabon (D) - State Sen. & Ex-Congressional Aide
Nancy Riley (R) - State Sen. & Retired Teacher
Jari Askins (D) - State House Minority Leader, Ex-State Parole Board Chair & Attorney
Pete Regan (D) - Ex-Congressional Aide & Attorney
Susan Savage (D) - Secretary of State & Ex-Tulsa Mayor
Do any of you in Oklahoma, or who have knowledge of the state, have any thoughts or predictions on the OK elections this year?