Cindy Byrd is an unlikely candidate. She's from a small rural city in the "Little Dixie" part of the state. She's never held elective office. She's not from a wealthy dynasty or powerfully connected.
But with only 19% of the campaign assets that her opponent spent, she amassed a stable lead going into the republican runoff election for state auditor & Inspector.
Last Thursday Charlie Prater & Cindy Byrd met with the Tulsa County Republican Mens Club. In that forum the two were asked about their campaign funding & expenditures.
Charlie Prater said that he has spent about $400,000 and will likely spend some more.
Cindy Byrd then said that she plans to cap her campaign spending at around S75,000.
But in the June 26 primary, Byrd amassed 49.5% of the vote. Prater came in with 42.5%.
Sometimes money doesn't substitute for substance.
New claims put the actual signature count at roughly 78,000.