GOP voters should focus on who has best chance in November

Oklahoman Published: February 2, 2012

Also, a presidential primary in the recent past indicates that the choice of Oklahomans doesn’t always sit well. In 2004, Wesley Clark won the Oklahoma Democratic presidential primary. It was his only victory; he soon left the race.

What stood out that year wasn’t Clark’s victory but the attention the candidates and the media paid to Oklahoma. This didn’t happen in 2008, and it’s not happening now.

The 2004 primary was in early February, not early March. The race for the choice to oppose a second term for George W. Bush was still very much in play. John Kerry got the call, reported for duty and went down to defeat.

The race for the choice to oppose Obama is also still very much in play. The Oklahoma results will be reported on the night of March 6. This might be the first and only time the state’s primary gets much national attention.

We questioned the wisdom of holding a presidential primary here, especially considering the expense and the March date. But that’s moot. We also urged Republicans to rally behind Romney sooner rather than later. That rally is under way — just later than we’d hoped.

In less than five weeks, this may all be over and Obama will have his opponent. The candidate best qualified for the job, best aligned with Heartland values and best positioned to beat the president is Mitt Romney.

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