TULSA - The race for governor in Oklahoma has tightened up considerably, and challenger Joe Dorman says he thinks the chaotic state of the educational system has a lot to do with his campaign's momentum.
The latest Rasmussen poll, released late last week, shows Dorman just four points behind incumbent Gov. Mary Fallin, with a plus/minus of four points -- a statistical dead heat.
"Oklahomans are not happy with the way she's handled the educational system in our state the last four years," Dorman told KRMG.
He joked that he's a Jimmy Buffet fan, and "I haven't seen that many flip-flops since the last concert I attended."
He says Fallin supported Common Core and the third grade reading law, but then changed her stance when they proved unpopular.
Asked whether he's worried about being a Democrat challenger in the country's "reddest" state, he said he's not only highly-rated by several conservative standards, he's also well accustomed to working with Republican lawmakers.
"I'm an old-fashioned Democrat," he said. "I have a higher rating from the NRA than her, I have an A-plus, and I think she's barely breaking an A at best. I'm pro-life. I do believe that we need to provide opportunities for families to have the care that they need so they can have the chance to have a child and put that child up for adoption. So, I think we're going to have a good discussion on the issues, and I think I fall more in line with traditional Oklahoma values and what people want to see in their leadership at the capitol."
Dorman also announced he's opening his campaign office in Tulsa on Monday (July 28th).
It will be located 1523 S. Harvard, and there will be an official opening meet and greet from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.