An All-Republican Congressional Delegation
Some are speculating about the possibility of the Oklahoma congressional delegation going all Republican, if, and it’s still a big if, Republicans can pick up retiring Rep. Dan Boren’s seat in the 2nd District.
It has happened before, in 1996, when Wes Watkins changed parties and won his old seat back as a Republican, replacing retiring Rep. Bill Brewster, a Democrat.
The all-GOP delegation didn’t last long. Then-Rep. Tom Coburn fulfilled his term limits pledge and retired in 2000, and Democrat Brad Carson won the seat.
After the 2000 Census, Oklahoma lost one of its congressional seats, going from six to five, and the districts were redrawn. The 2nd District became much more Democratic as the southeastern counties known as Little Dixie were added. I’ve seen it written that a Republican has held the 2nd District seat, but no Republican has held the seat the way it’s now drawn. Only Brad Carson and Dan Boren have held it.
Wes Watkins won a district that included Little Dixie, but that district ran up to Payne County and included a lot more Republicans than it does now.
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