Joe Dorman spent yesterday's primary with a drink in hand and not a care in the world because starting today his race is on.
Dorman ran unopposed on the Democratic side for Oklahoma governor, so he opted to cohost Lt. Governor candidate Cathy Cummings watch party at Sean Cummings Irish Pub last night. Around 7:50 p.m. Dorman learned his opponent in the Nov. 4 general gubernatorial election will be without a doubt incumbent Mary Fallin.
"I am still very confident I am going to win," he said. "No one is going to outwork me."
The District 65 state rep of more than a decade said he has kept his campaign low key over the last month to avoid voter confusion.
"I didn't want people to think I'd be on a primary ballot since I ran unopposed," he said.
Now it's full steam ahead and Dorman said he already has several campaign stops planned on the eastern side of the state for next week.
"I need to do a little better getting around the state and getting to know everyone," he said. "We are going to continue on the same route we have been, and the response we have gotten from people we've met has been overwhelmingly positive."
Dorman said Fallin's effort to secure her position in general election proves she has plenty of work to do as well.
"The hundreds of thousands of dollars she spent to get the nomination proves she has a lot of ground to make up with individuals," he said.
The next four months will be difficult for Dorman, who said he is aware of the challenge ahead, but with his customary positive attitude, and a little good will from his ancestors, Dorman believes a Democrat will be governor in 2015.
"We know we are running against an incumbent, so we are hoping for a little bit of the luck of the Irish too," he said.