Public education becomes issue in Oklahoma runoff races
OKLAHOMA CITY — More than two dozen candidates seeking seats in the Oklahoma House and Senate face opponents in primary runoffs in Tuesday’s election, including several who are supported or opposed by a grassroots group aiming to elect more supporters of public education to the state Legislature.
There are six runoffs for state House seats — four among Republicans and two for Democrats. In the Senate there are seven runoffs, all featuring Republicans seeking open seats who were unable to secure a majority of votes in the June primary election.
In six of the seven Republican runoffs for Senate seats, the candidates include one endorsed by the group Oklahoma Parents and Educators for Public Education against one that the group has targeted as opposed to public education.