Rural Democrats become extinct species in Oklahoma

The number of rural Democrats in Oklahoma has been declining steadily over the past 20 years.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – For nearly 100 years in Oklahoma, Democrats controlled the Legislature in large part with lawmakers from rural parts of the state. But like much of the nation, the number of rural Democrats in Oklahoma has been declining steadily over the past 20 years. Meanwhile, the rural-urban divide grows deeper and Republicans take an even firmer grasp of political power. On Tuesday the last remaining Democrat from a rural district lost his reelection bid as the GOP picked up five more House seats to extend its advantage over Democrats to 82-19.