By Patrick B. McGuigan | CapitolBeatOK
OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma voters are going to the polls in primaries Tuesday as an overwhelming Republican electoral advantage begins to play itself out, with a handful of exceptions. In the state’s closed primary system, members of the Grand Old Party will wind up deciding many elections, as Democrats did not file in a high percentage of races.
CapitolBeatOK will be among several journalists discussing the primary results for OETA, the Oklahoma Network. Coverage of the election will be anchored by Dick Pryor and will include reporter Bob Sands.
The panel reporting and analyzing the results also will include Arnold Hamilton of The Oklahoman Observer, Phil Bachrach of The Oklahoma Gazette, and county official Larry Stein. The reporters will interact with viewers, taking questions by telephone and life tweets.
Coverage will include reports on the state Corporation Commission race, being decided in the Republican primary between Bob Anthony and Brooks Mitchell. While Anthony is favored on the basis of more than two decades of service in the post, Mitchell (a former commission staffer) has run an aggressive campaign in the latter stages.
Additionally, primaries are being held in four of the Sooner State’s five congressional races.