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November 6, 2012

Romney tops Obama in Okla., nabs 7 electoral votes

OKLAHOMA CITY — Mitt Romney has coasted to an easy win over Barack Obama in Oklahoma, capturing the state’s seven electoral votes.

Romney’s win in the state’s general election Tuesday was no surprise. A Democratic presidential candidate hasn’t won in Oklahoma since Lyndon Johnson in 1964.

Republican leaders have dubbed Oklahoma the “reddest of the red” states since 2008. Obama failed to win a single one of Oklahoma’s 77 counties in that general election.

Obama also performed poorly in the state’s presidential primary this past March. He got just 57 percent of the vote among Democrats in Oklahoma over four little-known candidates.

Romney finished second to Rick Santorum in the June presidential primary, but enjoyed support from the state’s business leaders and an endorsement from Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin.

 

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