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Vote Against Teacher Pay Comes Back to Bite Six More Oklahoma Republicans As They Lose Primary Elections

That’s after two others were defeated in June primaries.

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Six more Oklahoma state House Republicans lost their primary run-offs on Tuesday after having voted against raising taxes to give teachers their first raise in a decade. That’s after two others were defeated in June primaries. In fact:

Of the 19 House Republicans who voted against the tax hike, eight have now been defeated. Seven others decided not to run. Only four have advanced to the general election.

On top of that, two Democratic teachers flipped Oklahoma legislature seats from red to blue in 2017, and both Democratic and Republican teachers have won primaries this year—including a school administrator who won one of Tuesday’s run-offs, defeating a six-year incumbent who voted against the teacher pay increase.

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Once again we see that education funding and teacher pay are bipartisan issues among voters even if elected Republicans don’t get that. Yet.

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Laura Clawson is the Labor editor at Daily Kos Labor, and a contributing editor at Daily Kos.