2020 Election

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The Oklahoma National Guard is deploying personnel to both Washington, D.C., and Oklahoma City to support law enforcement efforts to defend the state and national capitols after last week's deadly insurrection during a joint session of Congress.

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Okla. GOP Sen. James Lankford spoke by phone with Public Radio Tulsa's Chris Polansky on Wednesday about the deadly pro-Trump insurrectionist attack on the Capitol, whether he feels at all responsible for the violence, and his thoughts on impeachment.

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[Click here to hear and read the transcript of the full, unedited 21 minute interview with Public Radio Tulsa and Sen. Lankford.]

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This story was updated at 8:41 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 12, to include news of a second House lawmaker, Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), testing positive for COVID-19 after the lockdown.

  

Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.) was captured on video refusing to wear a mask when offered one as lawmakers sheltered in a crowded conference room during the dramatic Wednesday attack on the U.S. Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump.

Oklahoma Sheriffs' Association

At least one sheriff and two mayors were among the Oklahomans present in Washington, D.C., Wednesday for a protest against the rightful results of the 2020 presidential election on the day a pro-Trump mob stormed the U.S. Capitol and left five people dead.

Canadian County Sheriff Chris West said at a Friday press conference that he marched to the Capitol but did not participate in nor witness violence.

Office of Sen. James Lankford

Condemnation of Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) for failing to debunk false conspiracy theories and President Trump's lies in the weeks leading up to Wednesday's insurrectionist attack on the Capitol building are coming from both the left and right of the political spectrum.

Chris Polansky / KWGS News

Oklahoma's three top federal prosecutors said Thursday they stand ready to prosecute any individuals who may have traveled from their jurisdictions to Washington, D.C., with intent to participate in the siege on the U.S. Capitol that left five people dead. 

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — One person was arrested Wednesday as close to 1,000 supporters of President Donald Trump gathered at the Oklahoma Capitol as a joint session of Congress convened in Washington to confirm the Electoral College vote won by Joe Biden.

Protesters held “Trump 2020” flags and signs that read “Stop the Steal.” Nearly all of the protesters were not wearing masks, and a handful carried long guns, which is legal in Oklahoma.

Oklahoma Legislative Black Caucus

The state’s legislative Black caucus said on Tuesday they strongly oppose objections to the Electoral College vote planned by Republicans from Oklahoma and other states.

Sen. James Lankford and Rep. Markwayne Mullin have said they will do so. Rep. Kevin Hern is expected to as well. All base their objections on unproven claims of widespread fraud.

State Rep. Regina Goodwin (D-Tulsa) is the Oklahoma Black Caucus Chair. She said objectors have had two months to prove any claims of fraud.

Office of Sen. Jim Inhofe

Oklahoma's senior U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe said in a Tuesday statement that he will not join fellow Republican Okla. Sen. James Lankford and other Republicans in objecting to the certification of Democratic President-elect Joe Biden's victory in a joint session of Congress on Wednesday.

Facebook / Congressman Markwayne Mullin

"There's a lot of misinformation that's floating out there," Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.) said near the beginning of a Monday night telephone town hall, "and we want to discuss some of that." 

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The unprecedented Republican effort to overturn the presidential election has been condemned by an outpouring of current and former GOP officials warning the effort to sow doubt in Joe Biden’s win and keep President Donald Trump in office is undermining Americans’ faith in democracy.

Several Republicans in the Oklahoma House of Representatives and Senate are urging Oklahoma’s congressional delegation to challenge certification of the Electoral College votes on Jan. 6.

In letters they say were sent to Oklahoma’s U.S. senators and representatives on Tuesday, 24 House and 15 Senate Republicans say election law changes and violations intended to skew the election and illegal votes in swing states are disenfranchising Oklahoma voters. No evidence has been produced to support such claims.

Office of Sen. Jim Inhofe

Despite the Electoral College's formal vote confirming President-elect Joe Biden's victory over incumbent President Donald Trump in the November election, Oklahoma's two U.S. Senators are not among the growing ranks of Senate Republicans acknowledging that reality.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma’s seven presidential electors officially awarded the state’s electoral votes to President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence on Monday during a meeting at the state Capitol.

The seven Republican electors, all GOP activists in Oklahoma, signed certificates awarding the votes to Trump, who won Oklahoma with more than 65% of the vote.

The results will be sent to Washington and tallied in a Jan. 6 joint session of Congress over which Pence will preside. Electors from all 50 states and the District of Columbia were meeting Monday.

Twitter / @SenatorLankford

HOUSTON (AP) — The Texas lawsuit asking the U.S. Supreme Court to invalidate President-elect Joe Biden’s victory has quickly become a conservative litmus test, with many Republicans signing onto the case even as some have predicted it will fail.

Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter on Wednesday joined 16 other states backing a lawsuit in which Texas asks the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene in the presidential election.

Texas Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton has asked the court to throw out results from Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin — all swing states that went to President-elect Joe Biden.

In a statement, Hunter said he is "firmly committed to election security" and that Paxton’s lawsuit raises serious concerns about election integrity.

Nearly all Republicans in the Oklahoma House signed a letter sent to the Speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives encouraging them to get involved in the 2020 election.

They're calling on that state’s legislature to ensure all legal votes in the state for federal elections are counted and "all illegal votes for the same are rejected."

They encourage Arizona lawmakers to appoint their own electors if necessary. President-elect Joe Biden won Arizona by more than 10,000 votes.

New Yorker staff writer Evan Osnos says President-elect Joe Biden is the rare politician who has demonstrated a willingness to correct mistakes and acknowledge his short comings, but also the ultimate politician at forging relationships with politicians across the spectrum and bonds with average Americans.

Facebook / Tulsa County Democratic Party

President Donald Trump matched his 2016 winning streak in Oklahoma, claiming victory in all of the state's 77 counties in this year's presidential contest. But that wasn't enough to stave off an Electoral College defeat, as Democrats Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will be the next President and Vice President of the United States, respectively.

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The Republican Party of Tulsa County is defending its decision to hold a large, indoor event earlier this week on the evening of Election Day, even as COVID-19 infections and deaths are surging and as local health officials and hospital leaders are pleading with county residents to take more responsibility to avoid spreading the novel coronavirus.

Chris Polansky / KWGS

Tulsans returned several elected officials to office on Tuesday, but not all of them.

Oklahoma House Democrats Denise Brewer, Meloyde Blancett and Melissa Provenzano claimed wins on election night, with Provenzano in the closest race in her south Tulsa district.

Brewer said Democratic lawmakers have to focus on digging out of a hole Republicans created.

"We're going to focus on education, health care, and we're going to force Gov. Stitt to step up and deal with COVID-19 based on science," Brewer said in a victory speech at Democrats' watch party at ONEOK Field.

Oklahoma's congressional delegation is entirely Republican once again.

In one of the most-watched races of the 2020 election, Oklahoma Republican U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe won re-election and got one of the earliest calls of the night from the Associated Press.

Right around 7 p.m., the AP called the race for Inhofe over Democratic challenger Abby Broyles, before any Election Day results had even come in.

At his Tulsa watch party, Inofe predicted Republicans would hold the Senate.

Oklahomans voted down both state questions on Tuesday’s ballot.

State Question 805 was voted down 61% to 39%. It would have ended the use of sentence enhancements for nonviolent felony crimes.

A report from the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs found such enhancements are used 80% of the time, despite prosecutors’ claims they use them selectively.

Oklahomans for Criminal Justice Reform Executive Director Kris Steele said the state’s second-highest in the nation incarceration rate still needs to be addressed.

Twitter / @JimInhofe

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — President Donald Trump and Republican U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe both coasted to easy victories Tuesday in deep-red Oklahoma.

Inhofe, 85, a fixture in Oklahoma politics for 50 years, was heavily favored to win his fifth term in office. He defeated Democrat Abby Broyles, 31, an Oklahoma City lawyer and former television reporter, along with a Libertarian and two independents.

Broyles, who was making her first run at political office, painted Inhofe as an out-of-touch Washington insider who is no longer up to the job.

Chris Polansky / KWGS News

Despite President Trump's claims and suggestions that the COVID-19 pandemic will no longer be covered in the news media following Election Day, hospitalizations in Oklahoma are at record highs and surging nationwide as the virus shows no sign of slowing down.

“The Fake News Media is riding COVID, COVID, COVID, all the way to the Election. Losers!” the president tweeted last week. He has also described the nation as "rounding the corner" on COVID-19.

Chris Polansky / KWGS News

More than 446,000 Oklahomans had already cast their ballots via mail-in voting or in-person early voting by the time polls opened statewide at 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday, but traditional polling places in Tulsa still drew crowds.

Rep. Kendra Horn

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Republicans have launched an all-out offensive in deep-red Oklahoma to win back the state’s lone Democrat-held congressional seat, blitzing the airwaves with television and radio ads.

U.S. Rep. Kendra Horn, 44, an Oklahoma City lawyer, faces Republican state Sen. Stephanie Bice, 46, for the House seat that includes Oklahoma City, several conservative suburbs and two rural counties.

Facebook / Sen. Jim Inhofe

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — President Donald Trump will look Tuesday for a repeat of his performance in 2016 in Oklahoma when he won each of the state’s 77 counties en route to a 36 percentage-point victory over Hillary Clinton.

Chris Polansky / KWGS News

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma smashed records for early voting this year and has experienced a surge in voter registration ahead of Tuesday’s election, state officials reported Monday.

More than 437,000 Oklahomans cast ballots early this year, either by mail or in-person, according to Oklahoma Election Board statistics. That dwarfs the 253,379 who voted early in the 2016 presidential election.

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