They’re not on any ballot, but U.S Magistrate Judge Robert E. Bacharach and Tulsa attorney John E. Dowdell have jobs at stake on Tuesday.
Bacharach, a magistrate judge in Oklahoma City, has been nominated by President Barack Obama to serve on the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, one of the appellate courts a step below the U.S. Supreme Court. Obama nominated Dowdell for a U.S. District judgeship in Tulsa.
Both easily cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee with bipartisan support. But Senate Republicans blocked the full Senate from voting on their nominations.
If the president wins another term, the nominations are expected to sail through.
If Republican Mitt Romney wins the White House, he may decide to nominate two different Oklahomans for the positions.