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Ryan Tupps of Right Strategy Group collected all of the campaign mailers his household received leading up to Oklahoma's June 26 primary election. (William W. Savage III)
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With basically eight weeks between now and Oklahoma’s Aug. 28 runoff election, the How We Got Here podcast team sat down to examine what happened during the June 26 primary.

Joining NonDoc’s William W. Savage III and FKG Consulting’s Ryan Kilpatrick were Chris Meredith, regional manager of legislative affairs for Farmers Insurance, and Ryan Tupps, founding partner and chief operating officer of Right Strategy Group.

The group discussed:

  • SQ 788 legalizing medical marijuana
  • Oklahoma’s 2018 governor race
  • Congressional matchups
  • The high number of races headed to a runoff
  • Record voter turnout

In addition to broad interest in SQ 788, Tupps pointed to the record number of candidates who filed in 2018 as a factor in heavy primary turnout.

“That is quite literally saying more people are getting involved in politics, so when you have more people involved in politics, more people are going to vote,” Tupps said.

Catch episode nine of How We Got Here by listening to the embedded audio file below or subscribing on Apple PodcastsPodbeanGoogle Play and Pocket Casts.

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Catch past episodes of How We Got Here

Episode 8: Bud on bud — Deep in the weeds on SQ 788
Episode 7: The history of how Oklahoma cares about kids
Episode 6: Wind, guns, budget and a 72-ounce steak
Episode 5: A teacher walkout podcast
Episode 4: Diving deep on Medicaid
Episode 3: Let’s get gubernatorial
Episode 2: Summing up Step Up
Episode 1: Down to brass tax

(Editor’s note: How We Got Here is produced in partnership between NonDoc and FKG Consulting, a lobbying and public policy firm based in Oklahoma City. In each episode, all participants speak freely on the topic at hand. To view a list of FKG’s clients — including Farmers Insurance — go here.)

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