McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

State House

November 2, 2010

Red state Oklahoma elects Republican governor



However, some argue it sends a message to Washington, D.C. that most Oklahomans are not happy with the bill.

Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., who handily won his reelection bid, said the anti-Obama movement is largely responsible for the high turnout for Republicans within the state and nationwide.

“It is a disavow of the policies of the present administration, and it is important to note that confidence in government is earned by standing on principals, not through words,” he said. “This is about recapturing the American dream and making hard choices to secure that our children and grandchildren will have the same opportunities that were afforded to us.”

Adaresident Jim Richardson, who voted for Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., during the 2008 presidential election, voted for Askins on Tuesday. Richardson, who is a teacher, said he viewed Askins as the more pro-education candidate.

Richardsonsaid he disapproves of Democrats on the federal level, but he said Askins was conservative enough to earn his vote. However, after he cast his ballot Tuesday afternoon, he correctly predicted that Askins would not be able to overcome the Republican wave.

“I think too many people will think they have the same platform,” he said referring to Askins and Obama. “They just tie them together.”


Trevor Brown covers the Oklahoma statehouse for CNHI. He can be reached at


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