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Democratic presidential contender hopes to keep votes from President Obama

Randall Terry said he expects to win 5 percent of the vote in next week's Oklahoma presidential preferential primary.
BY MICHAEL MCNUTT mmcnutt@opubco.com Published: March 2, 2012
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Democratic presidential candidate Randall Terry said Thursday he can garner 5 percent of the vote next week in Oklahoma's presidential primary.

Terry said the response he is getting in Oklahoma, where President Barack Obama failed to win a single county in 2008, suggests he could get as much as 15 percent of the vote.

His goal, he said, is to take enough votes from Obama on Nov. 6 to deny him a second term.

In addition to Terry and the president, Bob Ely, Darcy Richardson and Jim Rogers are on Tuesday's Democratic ballot. Rogers is from Midwest City.

Terry, 52, is founder of the anti-abortion group Operation Rescue. Formerly a Republican, Terry and his Operation Rescue gained publicity in the late 1980s for blockading the entrances to abortion clinics; Terry led the group until 1991.

“My goal will be to run these ads and to campaign in these swing states and cause him to drop five points and thereby deny him the White House,” Terry said. “I know I'm not going to defeat Obama. My goal is to cause his defeat in the general election.”

He said political pundit and author Ann Coulter appeared at a fundraiser Saturday evening at the Arrow Heights Baptist Church in Broken Arrow.