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November 6, 2012

First-timer Mullin wins

District 2 sends plumber to Washington

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CLAREMORE —

Mullin will replace outgoing Democratic U.S. Rep. Dan Boren, who announced last year that he wouldn’t seek a fifth term in office.
With victories by incumbent Reps. Tom Cole, James Lankford and Frank Lucas, the GOP now controls all of Oklahoma’s Washington delegation, all statewide offices and both chambers of the state Legislature.
“When we were the reddest state in the country four years ago, it certainly helped a lot of our down-ballot races as well,” said Oklahoma Republican Party Chairman Matt Pinnell, referring to 2008 when Republican nominee John McCain won every county in the state and captured 66 percent of the vote over Obama.
Romney’s win in the state’s general election was no surprise since a Democratic presidential candidate hasn’t won in Oklahoma since Lyndon Johnson in 1964. Obama also performed poorly in the state’s presidential primary this past March and received just 57 percent of the vote among Democrats in Oklahoma over four little-known candidates.
“Any Republican candidate that’s running against Obama I like,” said Roy Moore, a Muskogee stock broker who voted for the GOP nominee.
Republicans targeted the 2nd District seat as soon as Boren said last year that he wouldn’t seek another term. Boren had seen his numbers drop in recent elections; the 26-county district that stretches from Kansas to Texas is traditionally Democratic, but has grown increasingly conservative.
At the state level, Republicans are expected to maintain or build upon their majorities in the House and Senate. The GOP currently enjoys a 32-16 advantage in the state Senate, and already has added two seats by virtue of Democrats failing to field candidates in two districts where Democratic incumbents are stepping down. Republicans also are competing for three open seats previously held by Democrats, while defending just two Republican-held open seats.

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