The GOP race for Tulsa mayor got a little more lopsided today after eight Republican leaders lined up behind the best-known candidate and apparent front-runner, Dewy Bartlett Jr.
The endorsement is a major blow to the GOP outsiders seeking the Republican nomination, including former city councilors Chris Medlock and Anna Falling.
Beyond endorsements and name recognition, Bartlett has much deeper pockets than the other candidates, another factor that is likely to tip the balance in Bartlett's favor.
Here's more on the story from the Tulsa World:
Eight Tulsa-area Republican Party leaders endorsed mayoral candidate Dewey Bartlett Jr. on Tuesday night for the GOP nomination in the 11-member primary race.Bartlett said at a news conference in Hunter Park that it is "unprecedented" for such leaders to take sides in a primary election battle, which is set for a vote Sept. 8.Those endorsing him are state Sens. Mike Mazzei of Tulsa and Brian Bingman of Sapulpa; state Reps. Dan Sullivan of Tulsa, Fred Jordan of Jenks and Ron Peters of Tulsa; former Tulsa County Republican Party chairmen Terry Simonson and Don Burdick; and former state House Speaker Todd Hiett of Kellyville, who is now the finance chairman for the Oklahoma Republican Party.