Wednesday, October 24, 2007

How 'Bout that Hillary? Democrats Top Sooner State Race for Campaign Cash

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.


Dan Paden said...

Can Hillary carry Oklahoma in 2008? That seems unlikely.

A serious candidate for understatement of the year--but it's not necessarily about people in Oklahoma disliking Democrat politics per se (though certainly many of them do).

A bigger problem for Hillary here in Oklahoma is the intense dislike for her and her ideology personally.

I still think that the upcoming election would be a cakewalk for Democrats if they'd run a halfway conservative Democrat, or even someone who can convincingly sound like one. Instead, they appear determined to run a hard-left, terribly unlikeable candidate with an enormous amount of baggage, who would also happen to be the first female presidential nominee. The old saying is "Don't cut your nose off to spite your face," but it seems to me that Democrats are determined to do just that.

...GOP voters don't seem excited about their candidates.

Oh, don't you worry none. When the time is right, GOP voters will be energized at the sound of five little words: "Democratic Presidential Nominee Hillary Clinton."

Tulsan said...

To me, Hillary comes off too accomodating to the "normalization" of the outrages perpetrated by the Bush administration. She does seem to have her act awesomely together, though.

I like Chris Dodd's leadership filibustering the telecom immunity bill. I still like Edwards, who continues to speak directly and clearly.

But comparing Hillary with any the GOP candidates, I would enthusiastically cast my ballot for her.