Two Democratic presidential candidates won't get Oklahoma delegates to national convention

Oklahoma Democratic Party tells Randall Terry and Jim Rogers they didn't comply with party rules for securing delegates based on their performance in March 6 primary.
by Chris Casteel Published: March 17, 2012
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— Two Democratic presidential candidates who might have been eligible for Oklahoma delegates based on their performance in the March 6 primary didn't follow the state Democratic Party's rules for securing those delegates, a party official said Friday.

Trav Robertson, the interim executive director of the Oklahoma Democratic Party, said anti-abortion activist Randall Terry and perennial candidate Jim Rogers, of Midwest City, did not file the necessary paperwork under the party's delegate selection plan.

No potential delegates filed declarations of support for the candidates by this week's deadline.

Rules were available

Robertson said the party's rules for selecting delegates have been available since September, including on the party's website.

Robertson said candidates have the responsibility to learn the rules and meet their obligations for securing delegates.

The decision means President Barack Obama, who won 57 percent of the statewide vote and all five of the state's congressional districts, will get the state Democratic delegates allotted based on the results of the primary.

The state party also informed Terry that he wasn't a “bona fide Democrat” and therefore not eligible for delegates.

Terry, of West Virginia, has openly said he is running in Democratic primaries to win delegates and deny Obama unanimous nomination for a second term at the party's national convention in September.


by Chris Casteel
Washington Bureau
Chris Casteel began working for The Oklahoman's Norman bureau in 1982 while a student at the University of Oklahoma. After covering the police beat, federal courts and the state Legislature in Oklahoma City, he moved to Washington in 1990, where...
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