Oklahoma voters bucked the national trend in the presidential election, but there are islands of blue among the sea of red that colors the state electoral map.
That’s according to The Oklahoman
’s analysis of precinct-level voting results across the state.
By all measures, Sen. John McCain won handily in Oklahoma, taking every county and giving the Republican candidate his largest percentage total among U.S. states. In Oklahoma, McCain won 2,005 precincts. President-elect Barack Obama won 198 precincts statewide. The candidates tied in five precincts.
Geographically, the picture looks a little different. Obama had his strongest showing in heavily populated urban precincts in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Norman and Lawton. He also picked up pockets of support in the eastern part of Oklahoma from Okemah to Pryor.
McCain trounced his opponent everywhere else.
"If you look at the urban areas, these are classic urban voting patterns,” said Keith Gaddie, a political science professor at the University of Oklahoma.
"The Democratic concentrations were in minority precincts and in both older working class suburbs and older affluent suburbs.”
By contrast, newer suburbs in urban areas voted heavily for McCain.