Tulsa Voters Flock To Political Rallies Days Before Election


Saturday, October 30th 2010, 2:00 pm
By: News On 6


Lacie Lowry, News On 6

TULSA, Oklahoma -- The clock is ticking down to Election Day and political rallies are using every last minute.

Saturday, Tulsa voters flocked to two separate campaign efforts that had the same message. That message is get out and vote.

One rally brought the politicians to the people, the other brought parody to politics. "TulSanity" was the word of choice at a downtown watch party for Jon Stewart's "Rally to Restore Sanity" in Washington D.C.

"The Tulsa party is one of four in Oklahoma, one of several thousand in the United States and one of several thousand on all seven continents," said Mike Workman, Watch Party Organizer.

The rally does not promote any cause or candidate, but encourages toning down anger and partisan division. Some are fans of Stewart and fellow comedian Stephen Colbert, others simply agree with their message.

"That you don't have to yell and scream to be heard, that you can sit down with someone you disagree with and have a conversation," said Patti Ferguson-Palmer, a Teacher.

Three buses full of people from Stillwater left Friday morning to see the rally in person. Elsewhere in Green Country, the TEA Party Election Express blew through the state, making pit stops and speeches in the last 72 hours of campaigning.

"All the air wars and all the TV ads have run, but at the end of the day it's really getting out there and being visible," said Matt Pinnell, Chairman of the OK Republican Party.

The TEA Party movement promotes job creation, keeping taxes low and education reform. Congressman John Sullivan says this election is historic.

"We can get control of the deficit in this country, the spending, the borrowing and the taxing has to stop and we have to concentrate on the economy and getting people back to work," said Republican Oklahoma Rep. John Sullivan.

Oklahoma voters have big decisions to make, with ballots featuring anywhere from thirty to nearly forty races and state questions.

Monday is the last day of early voting from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Election Day is Tuesday.

Voter Guides and explanations of each race can be found on the NewOn6.com Political Page