Three incumbents, two GOP hopefuls merit support in Oklahoma congressional elections

The Oklahoman Editorial Published: October 14, 2012

The incumbents are solid fiscal and social conservatives. They work hard for their constituents. They've shown little tolerance for the Obama agenda. They embrace jobs growth, spending cuts, American exceptionalism and Obamacare's repeal and replacement. Putting Bridenstine and Mullin in the delegation would amplify the effectiveness of the incumbents.

In central and western Oklahoma, the congressional races haven't made much noise. This is due to the quality of the Republican incumbents and the unpopularity of Obama. In the two open seats in eastern Oklahoma, the races have been intense from the last day of candidate filings until now.

The races are coming to a close. Romney is surging in the polls following an anemic start. He can win this election and he will need help from Oklahoma's congressional delegation.

He will have it from U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe and Tom Coburn. He will have it from Lucas, Cole and Lankford. And he would get it from Bridenstine and Mullin if they join the incumbents in Washington, voting as a bloc to embrace the essential elements of Romney's agenda. We can't say the same for the Democratic nominees or independents.

Boren and Sullivan were good congressmen. Our choices for the men who will replace them aren't based on their political party — The Oklahoman endorsed Boren in four consecutive elections. Our choices are based on undoing the damage of Obama's presidency.

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