Oklahomans will soon have their chance to weigh in on presidential politics, with the March 3 Super Tuesday Presidential Preferential Primary now about three weeks away.
The Democratic presidential caucus debacle in Iowa, the State of the Union address, the U.S. Senate's vote acquit President Donald Trump on impeachment charges and the New Hampshire Primary have all changed the face of the 2020 Presidential campaign —and the Super Tuesday results are expected to do the same.
Oklahomans are among voters in 14 states, as well as American Samoa and a group called Democrats Abroad, who will cast ballots for their party's preferred presidential candidate on the first Tuesday in March. With California and Texas among the Super Tuesday states, approximately a third of the nation's voting population is expected to participate.
Democrats can choose among 14 candidates on Oklahoma's Super Tuesday ballot, while Republicans can pick their choice from a field of six.
President Donald Trump, of course, is the most well-known name on the Republican side. He's faces a challenge from five little-known candidates who qualified to get on the state's GOP ballot.
Most of the candidates who have participated in the Democratic presidential debates are on Oklahoma's Super Tuesday Primary Ballot — well as some who didn't.
Oklahoma Democrats can choose from:
• Bernie Sanders, the U.S. senator from Vermont, who won Oklahoma's Democratic Primary in 2016 and ran a close race for the top spot in Iowa.
• Joe Biden, former U.S. vice president, the once Democratic frontrunner who finished fourth in the Iowa caucuses.
• Elizabeth Warren, U.S. senator from Massachusetts, the third place finisher in Iowa and an Oklahoma native.
• Pete Buttigieg, former mayor of South Bend, Indiana and Afghanistan war veteran, who's been vying with Sanders for a first place finish in Iowa.
• Amy Klobuchar, U.S. senator, Minnesota, whose been running toward the rear of the Democratic frontrunners
• Tulsi Gabbard, U.S. representative and a major in the Hawaii National Guard.
• Andrew Yang, entrepreneur, author and attorney.
• Deval Patrick, former Massachusetts governor, who entered the race later than most candidates.
• Michael Bloomberg, former New York City mayor, who entered the race even later and since doing so has been outspending the rest of the field.
• Tom Steyer, hedge fund manager and philanthropist, whose been included in some of the prediential debates.
• Michael Bennett, U.S. senator, Colorado.
Three Democratic candidates who suspended their campaigns too late to get off Oklahoma's ballot — will be included on Super Tuesday balloting. They are:
• Marianne Williamson, self-identified as an activist, author and spiritual leader, suspended her campaign in January.
• Julián Castro, former San Antonio mayor and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary, also suspended his presidential campaign in January.
• Cory Booker, U.S. senator, New Jersey, announced suspension of presidential campaign in January as well.
Kamala Harris, U.S. senator, California, qualified as a Democratic presidential candidate in Oklahoma, but withdrew her candidacy in time to get her name removed from the ballot.
On the Republican side, President Trump faces challenges from candidates with little name recognition: They are
• Zoltan G. Istvan, self-identified as a transhumanist who wants to put science, health and technology at the forefront of technology.
• Roque "Rocky" De La Fuente, a businessman who ran in 2016, receiving less than 1% of the vote.
• Matthew "Matt" John Matern, who identifies himself as an attorney, entrepreneur and philanthropist, will also be on the Republican ballot in Oklahoma.
• Bob Ely, identified as an entrepreneur and former investment banker, will be on the GOP Ballot.
• Joe Walsh, a conservative talk radio host, suspended his campaign last week after getting less than 1% of the vote in the Iowa Republican caucuses — but too late to get off the ballot in Oklahoma.
No independent, Libertarian or other third party candidates are on the March 3 Super Tuesday Presidential Preferential Ballot in Oklahoma.
Joining Oklahoma in participating in Super Tuesday on March 3 are Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota,
North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont and Virginia, as well as American Samoa and the Democrats Abroad.
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