WASHINGTON — Republican presidential nominee John McCain got his biggest victory margin in Oklahoma on Tuesday, winning every county in the state in results that mirrored those of 2004.
McCain, the Arizona senator who lost the election to Democratic Sen. Barack Obama, got 65.6 percent of the vote in Oklahoma. That just edged the 65.2 percent margin that Wyoming gave McCain. According to the Washington Post, Oklahoma was the only state in which Obama didn’t win a single county.
McCain won 21 states Tuesday. Two others, Missouri and North Carolina, still were listed as being too close to call as of Wednesday evening.
Exit polls of Oklahoma voters showed McCain carried every age and income group and got about two-thirds of the vote from both male and female voters. He got 71 percent of all white voters.
McCain got 95 percent of the vote from those identifying themselves as Republicans, while Obama got 67 percent of the vote from those identifying themselves as Democrats, according to the polls.
Comparisons to 2004
In 2004, President Bush also got 65.6 percent of the vote in Oklahoma and also won every county in his race against Democratic Sen. John Kerry. But in some Democrat-heavy areas in eastern Oklahoma, Obama got substantially less than Kerry.
Former Vice President Al Gore won nine counties in eastern Oklahoma when he lost to Bush in 2000.
In 1996, former President Clinton won 38 counties in Oklahoma.
Obama did not fare well in Oklahoma’s Democratic primary in February, when Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton carried every congressional district in the state.
Keith Gaddie, a University of Oklahoma political science professor who has been involved in polling in the race this year, said the results on Tuesday tracked closely with pre-election surveys of voters.