Presidential Primary, Local Ballot Measures Updates & Results

Oklahoma was one of 15 states that held Super Tuesday elections. It was the biggest day of the 2024 presidential primary season so far.

Tuesday, March 5th 2024, 4:45 am

By: News On 6, CBS News


March 5 is Super Tuesday, which is the biggest day of the presidential primary season so far. The polls opened at 7 a.m. and remained open until 7 p.m. March 5.

To see live election results, click here: Election Results.

Super Tuesday comes after early voting happened for the first time at the Tulsa fairgrounds this year. The election board said more than 2,000 people showed up for early voting last week and over the weekend.

Presidential Primary

Oklahoma is one of 15 states that held Super Tuesday elections. There were Republican, Democrat, and Libertarians on the ballot Tuesday.

On the Republican side, Former President Donald Trump was on the ballot, along with Nikki Haley. However, there are several candidates on the ballot who dropped out of the race, including Ron DeSantis. Donald Trump won the GOP primary for Oklahoma, according to AP.

OKGOP Chairman Nathan Dahm congratulated former President Donald Trump in a statement released Tuesday night:

“Four years ago, President Trump won all 77 counties in his bid for the Presidency,” Dahm said. “The results from tonight show that Oklahoma continues to be Trump country.”
President Trump was quickly declared the winner of the Oklahoma Primary almost immediately after polls closed and results started rolling in.
“Oklahoma is the first state in the country with a President Donald J Trump Highway,” Dahm said. “President Trump’s message of putting America First resonates with the people of Oklahoma. Especially now as we see the Biden regime actively working to destroy our country.”
The official nomination to become the Republican Nominee in November will take place at the RNC convention in Milwaukee this July.
“The role of the OKGOP is to elect our Republican nominees,” Dahm said. “We have upcoming congressional district conventions and the state convention to elect delegates to represent Oklahoma at the summer RNC convention. With his decisive win, President Trump has won all those delegates so each person elected at convention will have the honor of casting their vote at the national convention for President Donald J Trump.”

Gov. Stitt released the following statement:

“Oklahomans know it’s time for a President that will promote American energy dominance, a secure border, and a strong economy. I was proud to cast my vote for Donald Trump along with hundreds of thousands of Oklahomans. Let’s keep the momentum going and secure a victory in November.”

It's important to note Oklahoma's Republican and Libertarian primaries were closed, which meant you had to be registered as a Republican or Libertarian to vote in those races.

Democrats, however, opened their primary to independents. President Joe Biden remained the front-runner for the Democrats. Among the states voting on Tuesday is Minnesota, the home state of Rep. Dean Phillips, who launched a bid against Mr. Biden. Although author Marianne Williamson had ended her long-shot campaign, she unsuspended it after she finished ahead of Phillips in the Michigan primary. Joe Biden won the Democrat primary for Oklahoma, according to AP.

A new CBS News poll finds President Biden is currently four points behind Trump in a head-to-head matchup. It also shows a large margin of voters have negative feelings about Biden and Trump running against each other again.

There were some other items up for a vote in some counties. You can find out what was up for a vote in your area by visiting the election board website and looking at your sample ballot. CLICK HERE for more information.

Which states vote on Super Tuesday 2024?

Republicans are holding primaries in the following states: 

  1. Alabama
  2. Arkansas
  3. California
  4. Colorado
  5. Maine 
  6. Massachusetts
  7. Minnesota
  8. North Carolina
  9. Oklahoma
  10. Tennessee
  11. Texas 
  12. Vermont
  13. Virginia

Republicans are holding caucuses in the following states:

  1. Alaska
  2. Utah

Democrats are holding primaries in the following states:

  1. Alabama
  2. Arkansas
  3. California
  4. Colorado
  5. Maine
  6. Massachusetts
  7. Minnesota
  8. North Carolina
  9. Oklahoma
  10. Tennessee
  11. Texas
  12. Utah
  13. Vermont
  14. Virginia

Democrats are holding caucuses in the following the U.S. territory of American Samoa.

Iowa's Democratic caucuses was entirely by mail beginning in January and will be releasing its results on March 5, to comply with the Democratic National Committee's calendar.

Local Elections

As many voters head to the polls on Super Tuesday to vote in the presidential primary, many Oklahoma counties have additional measures on the ballot.

In Wagoner County, there were eight tax propositions on the ballot. All eight were voted down.

Related: Wagoner County Voters Reject Eight Different Tax Propositions

In McIntosh County, their 5-cent lodging tax proposition was voted down, with 54% voting no.

The City of Oilton had two propositions that both passed: Prop 1 made the city clerk position an appointed position instead of elected. Prop 2 made the city treasurer position appointed instead of elected.

Are Super Tuesday states the same every election cycle?

In the case of primary elections, the final decisions on the dates are determined by the state legislatures — including those on Super Tuesday. Each state submits a proposal for a date to the Democratic and Republican national parties, and the parties approve the dates. If the states are unhappy with the date assigned by the parties, they may decide to hold their primary elections on the date of their choice, but they run the risk of sanctions from the parties. Caucuses are organized by state parties, so state legislatures do not play a role in those contests.

According to Barbara Norrander, emeritus professor in the school of government and public policy at the University of Arizona and the author of the 1994 book "Super Tuesday," Super Tuesday started in 1988 when southern states wanted to coordinate to nominate a more moderate candidate. 

Since then, other states have joined the Super Tuesday bandwagon. By moving up their primaries and participating in Super Tuesday, a state can have more influence in the presidential election.

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