On this week’s edition of Capitol Report on News9, the CBS affiliate in Oklahoma City, analyst Patrick B. McGuigan said Republicans would — no surprise — retain control of the state Legislature. But there will be some nuances in the results, he said.
McGuigan is watching the state Senate District 5 race in far southeast Oklahoma, where the first Republican ever to hold the seat faces the Democratic nominee, a school administrator.McGuigan believes state Sen. Greg Treat in north Oklahoma City will be more typical of Republican incumbents for the upper chamber, earning a comfortable win.
In the state House, he is watching the Cyndi Munson vs. Matt Jackson race in District 85, the District 87 contest to replace Republican Jason Nelson, the south Oklahoma City joust (District 93) where Democrat Mickey Dollens hopes to replace a Republican running for sheriff, Republican Joe Griffin’s effort to replace departing state Rep. Richard Morrissette in District 92, and a few other contests as indicators of state election trends.
McGuigan said the elevation of Secretary of State Chris Benge within the Fallin administration could lead to improved relations between her office and GOP allies in the Legislature. Taking a final pre-election look at the presidential race, McGuigan observed the Republican nominee is the least qualified and least distinguished in modern party history.
The Democratic nominee, if she wins, may need a pardon from the current president before she takes office. The CapitolBeatOK editor said this has been a wild and awful campaign.