The Red-State Revolt Spreads to Oklahoma

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Republicans have a vise grip on power in Oklahoma, and they are in no imminent danger of losing it.

In a state that gave 65 percent of its vote to Donald Trump a year ago, the GOP controls pretty much everything: the governorship and every statewide office, both U.S. Senate seats, all five House seats. The state Legislature is almost laughably one-sided; Republicans have super-majorities of more than 70 percent of the seats in each chamber.

But in the last four months, voters have repudiated those Republicans running Oklahoma at the polls. Democrats have captured four state legislative seats held by the GOP, two in special elections for the House and two for the Senate.  The most recent—and perhaps the most surprising—win