Reddest State in the Nation: The Millennial Vote


Part One

NORMAN, Okla. - Oklahoma may be the reddest state in the nation, but Democratic voters around the University of Oklahoma were glad to get a say in Super Tuesday's Sooner state primary election.

Many student voters, like OU senior Rhea Kickham, said they voted in the Democratic primary because the party's candidates were the only ones addressing the right issues.

"For each candidate, I was mostly focused on the platform," Kickham said. "Especially stands on environmental issues and inequalities."

Kickham said she voted as a Democrat because she heard actual issues being discussed in the Democratic debates, and did not hear that in the Republican ones.

The reason 33-year-old OU employee Mikayla Wormley voted in the Democratic primary was simple; the Bern.

"Honestly, I'm looking at campaign finance reform and everything that stems from it," Wormley said.

Freshman Haley Rhymer and senior Allison Stroud also registered to vote in Oklahoma's Democratic primary.

Stroud chose between the two remaining Democratic candidates, Senator Bernie Sanders and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, mainly by comparing the candidates' foreign policy experience. Rhymer made her choice based on the issues of education and the social justice system.

The Democrats' handle on issues pulled in some Independent student voters as well.

Freshman Avery Brant said she is usually an independent voter, but registered as a Democrat in Oklahoma. Brant said the party affiliation allowed her Super Tuesday vote to count more. She added that she believed the Democrats had a better handle on facts and issues than the Republicans.

"Global warming is a really big issue, but a lot of the candidates don't address it," Brant said. "So that was a big deciding factor for me."

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