It was all good news for the party until the presidential race was called for President Barack Obama just before 10:30 p.m.
The evening at the Oklahoma Republican watch party was filled with claps and cheers over the news that the state’s congressional delegation would be entirely Republican. That mood shifted sharply when it was announced President Barack Obama would win a second term.
Gov. Mary Fallin had just spoken when television news being piped into the room at the Oklahoma City Marriott called the state of Ohio for President Barack Obama and, in turn, his re-election.
“I’m concerned where President Obama is taking us,” she said.
As the crowd of red started toward the exits past the life-size cutouts of Mitt Romney, many seemed in disbelief.
“This isn’t happening,” said partygoer Denise Kite, of Blanchard.
Kite and her husband, Eric, said they were moved to become involved with the GOP after the 2008 election.
Kite said she was proud the state’s congressional delegation would be all Republican.
“I think we set an example for conservatives everywhere,” she said.
After the presidential race was called, the large banquet room at the hotel quickly cleared, but a few partisan die-hards stuck around to hear analysis on Fox News.
“Oklahoma is the reddest state in the nation,” Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb said to whoops and hollers. That sentiment was echoed throughout the evening with many references to the state being “the reddest of the red.”
Rep. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma City, took the stage with cheers after his race was called early in the evening.
“Were trying to carry a message about what we believe as Oklahomans,” he said.
News that the state’s Legislature would also likely gain more Republicans drew cheers as well.
Rep. T.W. Shannon, R-Lawton, speaker-designate of the state House of Representatives, encouraged the crowd before the presidential race outcome was announced.
“Oklahoma has without question rejected the liberal Obama agenda,” he said. “We need to make sure we continue to spread the message that Republican majorities equal prosperity.”