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Okla. newbie scores 'unfathomable' primary win
Politico.com ^ | 7/28/2010 | ALEX ISENSTADT

Posted on 07/29/2010 4:04:31 AM PDT by comps4spice

Youth camp director James Lankford’s first-place finish in Tuesday’s Oklahoma 5th District primary has Washington Republicans, many of whom backed former state Rep. Kevin Calvey, scratching their heads.

A slate of prominent conservative groups—including the Club for Growth, Concerned Women for America, the American Conservative Union, and the Gun Owners of America—endorsed and provided financial backing for Calvey in his bid for the Oklahoma City-area open seat, only to wake up Wednesday to find that the former state legislator finished behind Lankford, a little-known political newcomer waging his first campaign for office.

“I think the question is, ‘Who is James Lankford?’” remarked one Washington-based GOP operative who is supporting Calvey. “I didn’t know Lankford’s name until four weeks ago.”


TOPICS: Government; Politics/Elections; US: Oklahoma
KEYWORDS: conservative; gop; grassroots; oklahoma
Interesting outcome. Is this another example of the electorate being weary of "Washington insiders", regardless of party?
1 posted on 07/29/2010 4:04:33 AM PDT by comps4spice
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To: comps4spice

The fact is, very few people vote in primaries. A popular guy with a few hundred friends can make a big dent.


2 posted on 07/29/2010 4:09:35 AM PDT by chuck_the_tv_out ( <<< click my name: now featuring Freeper classifieds)
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To: comps4spice

No, this is an example of a man who used to be a camp counsellor at the biggest Baptist summer camp in a heavily Baptist state rallying all his former pupils to donate and beat the street. He is earnest not substantial. But he may be a fit for his district.


3 posted on 07/29/2010 4:10:49 AM PDT by Puddleglum ("due to the record harvest, rationing will continue as usual")
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To: comps4spice

Unfathomable? Maybe not:

Lankford, who ran the Christian Falls Creek summer camp and carried the backing of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and former Rep. J.C. Watts (R-Okla.), heads toward an Aug. 24 runoff with Calvey after finishing first with 34 percent in the five-way primary. Calvey, who served in the state House from 1998 to 2006, followed in second with 33 percent.

GOP strategists reviewing the primary results suggested a host of explanations for Lankford’s success. Though he spent a relatively modest $284,000 – about half of what the better-funded Calvey invested – he ran an aggressive, grassroots-oriented effort that mobilized the local Christian community


4 posted on 07/29/2010 4:11:05 AM PDT by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: comps4spice

More like Christian power coming back...thank God!


5 posted on 07/29/2010 4:14:08 AM PDT by Wpin ("I Have Sworn Upon the Altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny...")
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To: comps4spice

Uh oh. Testing voter fraud in the most unsuspecting districts?


6 posted on 07/29/2010 4:14:21 AM PDT by Carley (For those who fought for it, freedom has a flavor the protected will never know.)
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To: comps4spice

“We will never change the status quo in Washington if we send the status quo to Washington.”

is the GOP listening? maybe they can hire this guy, cause if they dont come up with some substantial platform ideas that RESONATE with the public, we will be in for the nightmare of all nightmares in november.


7 posted on 07/29/2010 4:14:56 AM PDT by oldmomster
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To: comps4spice
“Washington doesn’t know me, and I don’t know Washington,” he said. “I come from a non-political background.”

Refreshing to say the least....

8 posted on 07/29/2010 4:19:59 AM PDT by yoe ("N" is for NO for Progressives in government.)
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To: yoe

Absolutely.


9 posted on 07/29/2010 4:21:23 AM PDT by comps4spice (The JournaList committed a conspiracy to elect BH Obama.)
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To: comps4spice

This was an excerpt, but for whatever reason it doesn’t look like one.


10 posted on 07/29/2010 4:22:18 AM PDT by comps4spice (The JournaList committed a conspiracy to elect BH Obama.)
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To: comps4spice
Washington-based GOP operative who is supporting Calvey. “I didn’t know Lankford’s name until four weeks ago.”

Washington-based "political operatives" find being rejected "unfathomable." Given the current state of affairs, I can only ask them "why?"

NOTA isn't exactly a new phenonenon. Some states have even had it on the ballot, if I'm not mistaken.

11 posted on 07/29/2010 4:23:50 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: RegulatorCountry

Pardon the typos, my right arm is in a cast.,


12 posted on 07/29/2010 4:25:38 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: comps4spice; Sager4Congress; All; yoe; saganite; chuck_the_tv_out; RegulatorCountry; Carley; ...
Ping to Sager4Congress

Jason Sager is another grassroots candidate taking on the Washington establishment. This is in Florida's 5th district. His opponent Sheriff Richard Nugent is funded by Washington PACs, including a lot of incumbent "Leadership PACs" and has staffed his campaign with DC insiders.

Please, Stand with Sager in this important August 24th Primary. Also, steal my sig and use it in your posts here on FreeRepublic. You can get the HTML on my FreeRepublic profile page.


Sheriff Richard B. Rich Nugent for Congress
I stand with Jason Sager in Florida's 5th Congressional District. Sheriff Richard B. Rich Nugent for Congress


13 posted on 07/29/2010 4:27:47 AM PDT by cc2k (I support conservatives in 2010. I believe in principle over Party this election cycle.)
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To: comps4spice

Im my area of OK I was told to register as a Democrat if I wanted to vote in local elections(still dont understand it)..this year we were handed 2 seperate lists to vote with. one listed all the democrats and the other republicans. strange voting here..we had some strange local wins for a county that has been voting republican in larger electons.I dont think Replicans worked this area like they used to.


14 posted on 07/29/2010 4:28:52 AM PDT by dalebert
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To: dalebert

bump


15 posted on 07/29/2010 4:31:19 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... The winds of war are freshening)
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To: comps4spice
‘Who is James Lankford?’” remarked one Washington-based GOP operative who is supporting Calvey. “I didn’t know Lankford’s name until four weeks ago.”

(Washington-based GOP operative)

This could be the ‘operative’ statement here. I don't want my representative chosen by this guy. Even unnamed, they don't have such a good track record.

16 posted on 07/29/2010 4:34:40 AM PDT by grame (May you know more of the love of God Almighty this day!)
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To: cc2k

Dittos for Sager. go Jason GO !@
Send Nugent home to play with his non-assault toy guns.


17 posted on 07/29/2010 4:38:28 AM PDT by George from New England (Escaped CT in 2006, now living north of Tampa)
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To: chuck_the_tv_out

Is this the start of the Facebook politician generation?


18 posted on 07/29/2010 4:40:33 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: comps4spice

another classic example of how out of toouch the RNC/GOP DC crowd is out of touch with Americans.


19 posted on 07/29/2010 4:49:44 AM PDT by rrrod (at home in Medellin Colombia)
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To: comps4spice

He has not yet won. When the runoff comes, he must broaden his rather narrow base to prevail.


20 posted on 07/29/2010 5:00:28 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... The winds of war are freshening)
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To: comps4spice

This is heartening, seeing a little known but obviously very conservative contender buck the endorsements of Washington game-players, who would sell their principles for a mess of pottage.


21 posted on 07/29/2010 5:01:58 AM PDT by fwdude (Anita Bryant was right.)
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To: saganite

Thanks for the insight. I lived in OK a long time ago, and now love sharing their politics with a co-worker who has family living in the state.

She loves their strong stance on immigration.


22 posted on 07/29/2010 5:05:26 AM PDT by Apple Blossom (Politicians are like diapers, they both need changed regularly, and for the same reason.)
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To: comps4spice

Well, this makes me a bit sad. We had a nephew, Michael Thompson, running for this seat..............and he is very conservative also.

Oklahoma is the reddest of the red states, I think, and probably most, if not all of their candidates these days are conservative.


23 posted on 07/29/2010 5:15:58 AM PDT by basil (It's time to rid the country of "Gun Free Zones" aka "Killing Fields")
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To: yoe
“Washington doesn’t know me, and I don’t know Washington,” he said. “I come from a non-political background.”

He may go to Washington looking like this:

But he'll leave looking like this:


24 posted on 07/29/2010 5:42:59 AM PDT by cowboyway (Molon labe)
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To: basil
Mike is a good friend. I voted for and supported him. Still, it's amazing to see what Lankford has been able to do. I think his momentum is only going to increase in the near term and his supporters are much, much more likely to vote in a runoff in my opinion.
25 posted on 07/29/2010 6:02:14 AM PDT by shadowfighter
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To: basil
Mike is a good friend. I voted for and supported him. Still, it's amazing to see what Lankford has been able to do. I think his momentum is only going to increase in the near term and his supporters are much, much more likely to vote in a runoff in my opinion.
26 posted on 07/29/2010 6:02:23 AM PDT by shadowfighter
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To: basil
Mike is a good friend. I voted for and supported him. Still, it's amazing to see what Lankford has been able to do. I think his momentum is only going to increase in the near term and his supporters are much, much more likely to vote in a runoff in my opinion.
27 posted on 07/29/2010 6:02:32 AM PDT by shadowfighter
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To: shadowfighter

Apologies for multiple posts. My computer has a mind of it’s own this morning.


28 posted on 07/29/2010 6:03:41 AM PDT by shadowfighter
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To: comps4spice

Baptist, Catholic, Christian doesn’t mean what it used to...


29 posted on 07/29/2010 6:38:42 AM PDT by Freddd (CNN is down to Three Hundred Thousand viewers. But they worked for it.)
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To: comps4spice

Great news. The establishment GOP had better wake up and come to grips with the reality that we do not want any more bosom buddy camaradarie witht their “esteemed colleagues” who seem hell bent on turning this nation into a socialist dung-heap. We want men and women of principal who are willing to stand up for the Constitution and our nation as a Judeo-Christian land of freedom.

We will tolerate no more those who “go along to get along”. Why do you think the media and the libs are attacking us as racists and terrorists. They fear our righteous anger and they are desparate to prevent the electoral tsunami heading their way.


30 posted on 07/29/2010 6:46:04 AM PDT by Buckeye Battle Cry (Enjoy nature - eat meat, wear fur and drive your car!)
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To: yoe
“Washington doesn’t know me, and I don’t know Washington,” he said. “I come from a non-political background.”

Refreshing to say the least....

Yes. This is the way the nation is supposed to work. Citizen legislators go to Congress, do the public's work for a brief time, and return home to their careers. We are unfortunately very far removed from that ideal.

31 posted on 07/29/2010 6:52:20 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: shadowfighter

Getting out your votes is the key to winning a run off...and too often the person who came in first gets beat because they are over-confident. I don’t think this will happen with a 34-33% advantage but the real work is just beginning!


32 posted on 07/29/2010 7:00:46 AM PDT by lonestar (Barry is furious the big spill wasn't caused by EXXON...would have nationalized it by now.)
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To: saganite

Huckabee support = bad.


33 posted on 07/29/2010 8:28:57 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: basil
Oklahoma is the reddest of the red states, I think, and probably most, if not all of their candidates these days are conservative.

Well...I'd like you tell that's true..but it's not. We have plenty of RINO's, and raging liberalmarxistsocialistdims here too.

34 posted on 07/29/2010 9:04:59 AM PDT by Osage Orange (MOLON LABE)
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To: cowboyway

B.S.


35 posted on 07/29/2010 9:06:09 AM PDT by Osage Orange (MOLON LABE)
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To: Osage Orange
B.S.

Oh yeah! Well, you need to wake up and smell the steaming pile of dung that is Washington, DC, mister.

It doesn't matter who is elected anymore.

We The People need to quit being so damned naive about a Repub victory in November cuz even if the Repubs take back both houses of congress it doesn't mean that We The People will be getting back our country.

As a matter of fact, IMO, it doesn't mean diddly squat. Why? Because it's too late to work within a system that is controlled by a ruling class of POS Ivy League elites.

36 posted on 07/29/2010 9:19:08 AM PDT by cowboyway (Molon labe)
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To: cowboyway
I understand your bigger point....

What I said B.S. too...was for the guy becoming Gramnesty. That guy may as well be a Dim...No way..if this newb wins...he becomes twinkle-toes Gramnesty.

We hardly hear about the guy's that are actually pretty decent people..and have so far stayed that way. Because the treasonous MSM keep trotting out McCain, Gramnesty, Snow, etc....because that HELPS their cause.

Anyway...I've smelled the coffee long time ago, FRiend. Thanks!

37 posted on 07/29/2010 9:30:14 AM PDT by Osage Orange (MOLON LABE)
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To: comps4spice

The more than Dems AND Republicans in DC that fear their “unfathomable” ouster, the better.


38 posted on 07/29/2010 9:33:39 AM PDT by Teacher317 (I'm sore)
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To: Osage Orange
What I said B.S. too...was for the guy becoming Gramnesty. That guy may as well be a Dim...No way..if this newb wins...he becomes twinkle-toes Gramnesty.

I wasn't suggesting that this noob would start smoking the sausage if he went to DC.

If you understand the bigger point then you'll agree that chances are high that he'll get caught up in the DC game and become another one of the elites.

It's too late to work within the system, pal. Period. The deck is stacked.

39 posted on 07/29/2010 9:42:34 AM PDT by cowboyway (Molon labe)
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To: cowboyway
I understand your stance......

I don't totally agree with it though.....

One guy that has pissed off the good ol' boy GOP..is Tom Coburn. I don't think he's changed much....There are others....

Granted it's disheartening....

What's your answer?

40 posted on 07/29/2010 10:00:32 AM PDT by Osage Orange (MOLON LABE)
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