Thursday | October 17, 2002
Oklahoma guv race in play
Once again, the unthinkable is happening and what should be a safe GOP seat is up for grabs. In Oklahoma, GOP guv candidate and former football star Steve Largent is reeling after losing his temper on camera and using profanity.
Largent was on a hunting trip in Idaho on [Sept. 11] and was out of communication, and did not learn of the ... terrorist attacks until two days later. But in the interim, his staff had issued a statement with his reaction even though they were not in touch with him.To me, this episode seems benign, but it's apparently generating a great deal of controversy in conservative Oklahoma. Independent candidate Gary Richardson has aired ads criticizing Largent for the episode, while Democrat Henry is also angling (but more subtly) to take advantage of the gaff.
Henry would not be competitive with Largent in a two-man race. However, Richardson is drawing double-digit support. The last poll on the race gave Largent only a 6-point lead, just within the poll's margin of error, and that was two weeks ago, prior to this gaffe. Now, even if Orza and Richardson pick up only a few points each at the expense of Largent, it's a whole new ballgame.
Who would've ever thought Dems would be favored in the Kansas governor's race while running competitive campaigns in Wyoming and Oklahoma?Posted October 17, 2002 07:47 AM | Comments (7)