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  •  Nothing to do with Dean. (16+ / 0-)

    Henry was elected in 2002, when virtually nobody outside Vermont had heard of Dean.  In state politics, Oklahoma is historically a very (conservative) Democratic state. Until 2006, Democrats controlled both houses of our state legislature for all but four years of the state's history.  They still control the vast majority of statewide constitutional offices. (Remember, as noted above, that the majority of legislative Democrats voted for these abortion restrictions....when thinking of Oklahoma Democrats, think Dan Boren.  They're not all like that, but a whole heap of them are.)

    Some key factors in Henry's win:

    1. It was athree-way race, with former Republican Gary Richardson running as a fiscally conservative independent and taking 14.1 percent of the vote, mostly from Republican Steve Largent, who took 42.6 percent of the vote to Henry's 43.3.
    1. There was an anti-cock fighting measure on the ballot. It narrowly passed. But it brought to the polls a lot of rural voters who opposed it, most of whom were yellow-dog Democrats who voted for Henry (and against Largent who, as a "pro-family" Christianist was loudly opposed to cockfighting).
    1. Barry Switzer campaigned hard for Henry.

    Henry was easily reelected in 2006, in part because his Republican opponent Ernest Istook ran a terrible campaign, but also because Henry had kept his head down and gotten very popular by doing very little at a time when the state was enjoying pretty good economic times.

    Obama's National Security Policy: Bush With A Smile

    by GreenSooner on Sat Apr 24, 2010 at 07:26:44 AM PDT

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