Obama may be swept again in Oklahoma

Democrats hopeful that the president can win a county or two in this week's election, but Republicans say the president's popularity has never gained traction in the state.
BY MICHAEL MCNUTT mmcnutt@opubco.com Published: November 4, 2012

“When you look at just the general attitude of the Oklahoma voters, they're very conservative and on the issues that they're really going to make a judgment call on he's not on the side that they identify,” Hill said.

“Four years ago, Barack Obama had the intensity and a very energized Democratic base and a lot of grassroots activity even here in Oklahoma,” she said. “And I certainly haven't seen that this year.”

Sheryl Lovelady, a former Democratic Party strategist, said it's a “long shot” that Obama wins an Oklahoma county.

But she predicted the president will win re-election, the only one to pick an Obama win of the four political consultants taking part in a “Political Junkies” discussion last week in Oklahoma City, sponsored by the University of Oklahoma Political Communications Center.

Oklahoma Democratic Party Chairman Wallace Collins said the president “has the possibility” of winning a county or two in the state.

Matt Pinnell, chairman of the Oklahoma Republican Party, said many are expecting all of Oklahoma's counties to go red this year in the presidential race.

“Because we won all 77 counties four years ago, people are expecting us to win all 77 again — that's a pretty high bar,” he said. “I think we can. We want to make sure that as many conservative voters go to the polls as possible and we feel very confident … that we'll have a very good chance of winning all 77 counties again.”

Odom said the president, even if he carries a county or two, still will end up with dismal numbers in Oklahoma.

“Do you know anybody that voted for John McCain four years ago that's going to vote for Barack Obama this time? I don't,” Odom said. “Do you know anybody that voted for Obama last time thinking about voting for Romney this time? I do.”

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