Pro-school choice candidates victorious in Oklahoma primary election
12 out of 15 candidates who champion educational choice advance
The American Federation for Children celebrates Oklahoma’s primary election results as voters turned out in support for school choice candidates. The Oklahoma Federation for Children PAC supported 15 candidates from both parties who are strong on education and school choice. Of those, 7 won their primary outright and 5 advanced to a runoff election. Overall, pro-school choice candidates were successful in 80 percent of their races.
“During yesterday’s election, Oklahoma voters voiced their strong support for school choice and their desire to elect leaders who will work to give children access to a world class education,” said Betsy DeVos, chairman of the American Federation for Children. “Oklahoma’s voters trust parents to choose the school that best meets their child’s needs and are committed to create quality education options through school choice.”
In the Sooner Survey, a poll conducted in November 2015 by Cole Hargrave Snodgrass and Associates, over 70 percent of Oklahoma voters support school choice. The support is also bipartisan with 79 percent of Republicans and 60 percent of Democrats indicating support for the concept. Also 54 percent of respondents support creating an education savings account in Oklahoma.
Here is a list of Oklahoma Federation for Children PAC supported candidates who have advanced in the primary process:
SD 29 Julie Daniels (R)
SD 45 Kyle Loveless (R)
HD 30 Mark Lawson (R)
HD 33 Greg Babinec (R)
HD 39 Ryan Martinez (R)
HD 42 Tim Downing (R)
HD 43 John Paul Jordan (R)
Advancing to a Runoff:
SD 19 Ross Vanhooser (R)
SD 23 Matt Stacy (R)
SD 25 Joe Newhouse (R)
HD 67 Scott McEachin (R)
HD 97 Chris Harrison (D)
In total, Oklahoma Federation for Children PAC spent nearly $108,000 supporting 15 candidates in the primary election.