Big-name Okla. Dems missing from 2014 elections

By SEAN MURPHY • Published: July 30, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — After a Republican steamroll in Oklahoma in 2010 flipped every statewide elected office to the GOP, very few strong Democratic candidates are emerging to take on entrenched GOP incumbents like Gov. Mary Fallin and others.

With the 2014 elections a little more than one year away and a key campaign finance filing deadline at midnight on Wednesday, most of those on the Oklahoma Democrats’ already thin political bench appear to be taking a pass on 2014.

An exception is the state superintendent post held by first-term Republican Janet Barresi. Oklahoma Democratic Party Chairman Wallace Collins says at least four Democrats are lining up to run for the office. Barresi also is facing a primary challenge from Tulsa Republican Joy Hofmeister.

Collins says he’s unaware of a Democrat running for governor.

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