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Teacher caucus hoping to make impact on Election Day

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Several teachers are looking forward to election day. (Mummolo/KTUL)

Normally, we don't have to wait in line to interview teacher John Waldron, but the presence of a film crew from HBO's "Vice" sent the clear signal that these are not normal times.

"The nation is watching the Oklahoma elections," said Waldron.

Part of the self-titled "Teacher Caucus," Waldron and other educators have essentially become their own party in this election, regardless of whether they're Republican or Democrat.

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"Lots of people ask me that question when I’m at the door, 'Are you a Democrat or a Republican?' I’m the teacher who came to your door," he said.

"Without a doubt, the most prominent issue in this election cycle is whether or not we’re going to invest in education," said outgoing lawmaker, and former teacher himself, Rep. Eric Proctor.

"I think you’re going to see a lot of people supporting pro-education candidates, because whether you’re a Republican or Democrat or Independent, you don’t want 45 kids in your daughter’s English class," said Proctor.

Meanwhile, over at GOP headquarters...

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"The state organization did a survey and they found about 51 percent of the teachers are Republican. I wish we could keep that number voting," said Terry Flattem.

Republicans are trying to send the message of a fresh start.

"The dark money is coming in attacking Kevin Stitt about being just like Mary Fallin, and he’s distanced himself a long time ago from Mary Fallin," said Flattem.

Seven months ago, the teacher walkout ended after nine days, but it began a political movement that by tomorrow at this time could start a whole new chapter in Oklahoma civics.

"Teachers teach every child, as legislators we’re going to work for every constituent, whether you voted for us or not," said Waldron.

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