We know Oklahoma is a very red Republican Red State, but the latest presidential fund-raising figures make the Sooner State look a little more Democratic Blue.
This change of hue is based on the dollars that national Democrats are raising in Oklahoma, led by none other than New York Sen. Hillary Clinton. Clinton, a Democrat, topped all candidates—including Republicans Rudy Giuliani, John McCain, and Mitt Romney—by raising a whopping $434,000 this year in Oklahoma.
Giuliani, the leading Republican fundraiser in Oklahoma, raised more than $329,000 during the same time period.
The other leading Democrats in Oklahoma were John Edwards, former North Carolina senator, who raised $382,000 and Illinois Sen. Barack Obama , who raised $370,000.
Can Hillary carry Oklahoma in 2008? That seems unlikely. But it is interesting that Oklahoma dollars are flowing so heavily to Clinton and other Democrats. If money is the "mother's milk" of politics, then the Democrats would appear to be gaining strength.
Whatever the merits of Rudy, Mitt, Fred and the rest of the Republican field, GOP voters don't seem excited about their candidates.