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Campaigns not waiting for Don Nickles
The Oklahoman ^ | September 28, 2003 | Chris Casteel

Posted on 09/28/2003 5:50:42 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued

There have been sightings of the Oklahoma City Mayor in Lawton and Enid. The U.S. Representative from eastern Oklahoma is all over southwestern Oklahoma. Oklahoma County's U.S. Representative has been in Tulsa County talking about road projects.

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TOPICS: Oklahoma; Campaign News; Parties; U.S. Congress; U.S. Senate

1 posted on 09/28/2003 5:50:42 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued
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To: Impy; Pubbie; AuH2ORepublican; Dan from Michigan; nospinzone; fieldmarshaldj; Kuksool
It looks more and more like Nickles is going to retire. And I think that this race could be a trouble spot. As I mentioned in another post, there is a growing urban/rural divide in Oklahoma, one which has benefitted the 'Rats in rural areas. The most-mentioned Republican candidates to succeed Nickles are ex-Congressman J.C. Watts (who isn't particularly interested), Congressman Ernest Istook, and Oklahoma City Mayor Kirk Humphreys (said to be Nickles' choice). Former Governor Frank Keating and Lieutenant Governor Mary Fallin have also been mentioned. All of them are from the urban areas. The two most likely 'Rats, Congressman Brad Carson and state Attorney General Drew Edmondson, are from northeastern Oklahoma, and have proven appeal to rural voters. If this urban/rural divide continues and the Republican primary gets nasty, this seat could fall. In my personal opinion, the ideal candidate would be Congressman Frank Lucas, who combines solid conservatism with strong rural roots and ties to agriculture. But Lucas shows no interest in running.
2 posted on 09/28/2003 7:32:45 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued
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To: Clintonfatigued
I'd like to see Tom Coburn run. Socially conservative, able to win a democrat seat(Carson's).
3 posted on 09/28/2003 7:49:52 PM PDT by Dan from Michigan (A vote for McClintock is a vote for Kyle Reese...and a vote against Cruz.)
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To: Dan from Michigan; Clintonfatigued
"I'd like to see Tom Coburn run."

Tom Coburn, wow! Hadn't thought of him in a while. Did he go back to practicing medicine after leaving Congress?

I'd still prefer J.C. Watts, though, since it would be a great poke-in-the-eye for the RATs that the only black Senators are Republican (hopefully Watts and Herman Cain).
4 posted on 09/29/2003 3:03:30 PM PDT by AuH2ORepublican (Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice, moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.)
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To: Clintonfatigued
The stars would all have to align for the rats to win this one. That's unlikely to happen just a year after the fluke victory of Brad Henry, he barley won even after everything that went wrong for us.

We have no shortage of strong candiates in OK.
5 posted on 09/30/2003 11:24:10 PM PDT by Impy (Don't you fall into the trap, democrats are full of crap.)
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To: Impy
Also the Senate race will be more national than last year's governor's race, which should be a plus for us. Oklahoma has all but one congressman as Republicans, so we should have a plentiful base to work with.
6 posted on 10/01/2003 10:10:35 AM PDT by nospinzone (Visit my webpage to view my political column:
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