Voter Interest in Primaries, Caucuses a Matter of Speculation
Price, Marie, THE JOURNAL RECORD
OKLAHOMA CITY - The first round of voting for the 2008 presidential season is literally days away - Jan. 3 in Iowa, Jan. 5 in Wyoming, both caucus states.
The first primary is scheduled for Jan. 8 in New Hampshire.
Oklahoma is one of 24 states that are, thus far, sticking with Super Tuesday, on Feb. 5, for their caucuses and primaries. Seven states cast their initial candidate-choosing votes in January. The remainder are spread out over February-June.
It remains to be seen whether next year's incumbent-less election cycle will draw the level of interest set four years ago.
Voting during the November 2004 presidential general election set records in some states, including Oklahoma.
Some 1,463,758 Oklahomans cast votes that day, which comes to 68 percent the 2,143,978 individuals registered to vote as Nov. 1 of that year.
Some national election-data organizations report Oklahoma's voter turnout on Nov. 2, 2004, at about 60 percent of those eligible to vote. …