Skip to comments.Oklahoma GOP looks to turn congressional slate red in 2012
Posted on 06/20/2012 4:23:46 AM PDT by Clintonfatigued
Thrown open last summer when U.S. Rep. Dan Boren announced plans to step down and not seek a fifth term, six Republicans are looking to flip the only Democrat-held seat in the state's congressional delegation from blue to red.
This really is the big prize for the Republican Party in Oklahoma this year, said Oklahoma's Republican Party Chairman Matt Pinnell. It will be the biggest race in Oklahoma this year, outside of the presidential race. This is a battleground congressional race.
The six Republicans are three-term state Rep. George Faught, 49, of Muskogee; business owner Markwayne Mullin, 34, of Westville; former Edmond state Rep. Wayne Pettigrew, 49, of McAlester; attorney and former Tishomingo Mayor Dustin Rowe, 36; Fort Gibson minister Dwayne Thompson, 54; and retired Marine Corps officer Dakota Wood, 49.
Democrats in the race are retired teacher Earl Everett, 78, of Fort Gibson; the owner of a Muskogee-based seed company, Wayne Herriman, 59; and former state and federal prosecutor Rob Wallace, 48, of Fort Gibson.
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All of the Republicans running seem like good conservatives. George Faught has won reelection in a legislative district that usually votes for Democrats on the local level and has potential to be a statewide officeholder in the future, so I’d vote for him if I lived in the district. Democrats have a credible candidate running so that has to be taken into account.
Which of the two rats is the rat frontrunner?
I’m not worried about this one but there’s no reason not to go with the strongest candidate.
Red with the blood of dead rats.
I’m confident we’ll win, but we can’t mail it in. Don’t know much about the RATs that are running, but they’re raising money and will probably pretend to be conservative. Seems to me that on our side Faught is both a solid conservative and experienced at winning tough races; not sure about the others.
So, the 2 rats are in runoff because a third guy kept them both under 50%.
The first place GOPer by a wide margin was Markwayne Mullin a self described “businessman with no political experience who has tons of support from ordinary Oklahomans”.
He faces State Rep Faught in the runoff, Faught calls Mullin a “flawed candidate that can’t win in November”.
I don’t agree with the “can’t win” part but I think we should probably go with Faught.
Despite the huge popularity of guys like Mullins around here I’m more inclined to trust a state legislator with a record of both legislating and winning elections than a random businessman who’s word all we have on him.
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