Oklahoma is not alone. Unopposed races are a growing trend nationwide

Fifty of the 127 Seats in the House of Representatives and the Senate have already been won, which corresponds to 40 percent the legislative elections in Oklahoma this year.

And it is too late to oppose those who are running unopposed in their constituency. The official deadline for submitting candidates was in early April.

Oklahoma isn't the only state where some candidates for public office — and people seeking to retain elected office — are running unopposed, according to an analysis by the nonprofit election monitoring organization Ballotpedia.

Ballotpedia has tracked 242 Oklahoma state and local elections, and according to the nonprofit's analysis, 53 of them, or 22 percent, were unopposed. Other states with a similar number of elections had even fewer candidates vying for victory.

In West Virginia, 76 percent of the 258 races tracked were single-issue. In Nebraska, Ballotpedia analysts examined 137 races and found that 71.7 percent of them had no opponents. In Texas, where 1,333 races were tracked, 69 percent of them had no opponents.

Nationally, the nonprofit has tracked nearly 20,000 elections in 47 states through May, and 72 percent of them were unopposed. Oklahoma has seen more competitive elections so far this year than most other states.

Yet in each race only one person hopes to win; an electorate of a certain size cannot choose who represents it.

For Oklahoma's House and Senate districts, this means that approximately 40,000 to 80,000 voters per district will not be able to vote in November and select the state representatives they want.

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