WASHINGTON — Many Oklahoma Democrats pledged to support Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton at the national convention still strongly back the former first lady and want to see her chosen as the vice-presidential nominee, even though that seems unlikely.
Several of Clinton's delegates from Oklahoma said they wanted her name placed in nomination at the convention, which begins Aug. 25 in Denver, before it was announced Thursday that she would be part of the traditional roll call of the states.
"I was elected to vote for Hillary, and there is not any reason at all that her name should not be put in nomination,” said Jacque Tomsovic, a delegate from Tulsa.
Ron Dye, a Clinton delegate from Midwest City, said, "Senator Clinton must be included in the roll call vote. Why would you not? She has more popular votes nationwide. Why would you exclude her?”
But Stuart Price, a Clinton delegate from Tulsa, said he didn't think a roll call vote was necessary at a convention that will nominate Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois to be the presidential nominee.
"This is a time to unify the party and present a compelling case to the American people that change is necessary and our lives will be safer and more prosperous with an Obama administration,” Price said.
How delegates will vote
Clinton won Oklahoma's Democratic primary, getting 55 percent of the vote and capturing all five of the state's congressional districts. Based on that vote, she was awarded 24 delegates who will go to the convention pledged to the New York senator.
Obama got 31 percent of the vote and was awarded 14 delegates to the convention.
In addition to the pledged delegates, there are 10 "superdelegates” from Oklahoma. Eight of them, including Gov. Brad Henry, are committed to Obama, while one is committed to Clinton and one, U.S. Rep. Dan Boren, of Muskogee, is uncommitted.
Delegates polled on VP
Of the 14 Clinton delegates who responded to an Oklahoman
survey last week, 11 named Clinton as their first choice for running mate. Obama is expected to announce his choice this week.
Mildred Banks, a delegate from Tulsa, said, "As a delegate pledged to Hillary Clinton, and as chair of Tulsa Area Hillraisers for Hillary Clinton, my pick for VP is Hillary Clinton.