WASHINGTON — Two Democratic presidential candidates who might have been eligible for Oklahoma delegates based on their performance in the March 6 primary didn't follow the state Democratic Party's rules for securing those delegates, a party official said Friday.
Trav Robertson, the interim executive director of the Oklahoma Democratic Party, said anti-
No potential delegates filed declarations of support for the candidates by this week's deadline.
Rules were available
Robertson said the party's rules for selecting delegates have been available since September, including on the party's website.
Robertson said candidates have the responsibility to learn the rules and meet their obligations for securing delegates.
The decision means President Barack Obama, who won 57 percent of the statewide vote and all five of the state's congressional districts, will get the state Democratic delegates allotted based on the results of the primary.
The state party also informed Terry that he wasn't a “bona fide Democrat” and therefore not eligible for delegates.
Terry, of West Virginia, has openly said he is running in Democratic primaries to win delegates and deny Obama unanimous nomination for a second term at the party's national convention in September.
Terry will also appear on some states' general election ballots as an Independent in an effort to prevent the president from winning a second term.
Won enough of vote
Terry acknowledged Friday that he had not complied with the party's rules for selecting delegates, but he called the decision to deny him delegates “political insider trading.”
“It shows the power and the corruption of the party,” he said.
Terry won 18 percent of the statewide Democratic vote, exceeding the 15 percent threshold for securing an at-large delegate.
Terry also won more than 15 percent of the vote in three of the congressional districts, which might have made him eligible for more delegates.
Terry, who vowed earlier in the week that he would fight a decision to deny him delegates, said Friday that he didn't know whether he would file a legal challenge and was not certain he would attend the Oklahoma Democrats' state convention next week.
Rogers said earlier this week that he didn't file any paperwork with the state party and wasn't aware of the process for securing delegates.
Rogers got more than 15 percent of the vote in three congressional districts.