Oklahoma Democrats keeping hope alive President Obama will fare better this year in state

Oklahoma Democratic activists haven't given up hope that voters in the reddest state will change their minds and support the president in November
BY CHRIS CASTEEL ccasteel@opubco.com Published: September 8, 2012

— However weary Oklahoma Democrats may be of hearing that their state is the reddest in the nation, they haven't lost heart.

Some of the party activists who came to the Democratic National Convention here believe President Barack Obama will do better in Oklahoma this year than in 2008, when he lost every county and captured only 34.4 percent of the vote, the lowest percentage in the nation.

“It's going to be an uphill battle, but we're optimistic he's going to do better this year,” said Angela Wilson, a delegate from Owasso.

“The support is out there, I think more than we know.”

Brondalyn Coleman, an Oklahoma State University junior and president of the College Democrats of Oklahoma, said the state has benefited from Obama's presidency and that people are starting to see the progress.

Coleman and others here said Obama has a good shot at winning one of the 77 counties, something a Democratic presidential candidate hasn't done in Oklahoma since Al Gore in 2000. Oklahoma and Cleveland counties were the ones mentioned most as possibilities.

Wallace Collins, chairman of the Oklahoma Democratic Party, said he believes Obama can win one of those counties.

“One of my goals as chairman is that we lose the dubious honor of being the reddest state,” he said.

Opposing view

Matt Pinnell, chairman of the Oklahoma Republican Party, said Thursday, “Oklahoma voters were ahead of the curve in 2008 when every county rejected Obama and his vision for this country. Four years later, we feel confident that voters across Oklahoma understand that after Obama failed to fix this economy and runaway debt and deficits that he simply doesn't deserve another four years.”

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