NORMAN — There was a time when Democrats took Cleveland County for granted in just about any local or statewide election. That majority here was a safe one. As the song says, the times, they are a changing.
Registered Democrats still outnumber Republicans statewide, but in Cleveland County, they’ve been outnumbered for several years. Election board stats show 71,160 Republicans and 57,153 Democrats.
Statewide, there are about 2.1 million registered voters with 962,072 Democrats and 897,663 Republicans. Those registering have been more likely to register as Republicans in Oklahoma.
The big growth, however, is in registered Independents. At one time, there were only a few thousand Independents in Cleveland County. Today, there are 21,405. Statewide, there are 256,450 Independents.