State Sen. Andrew Rice, who is running for the U.S. Senate seat now held by former Tulsa Mayor Jim Inhofe, is moving up in the polls. Rice's website reported yesterday that Rice had moved to within 9 points of Inhofe, a veteran politician with high name recognition in the Sooner state.
This strikes us a great news for Rice, a first-time candidate in a state-wide race.
Yet Oklahoma remains one of the reddest of the Red States and Inhofe, despite his ties to an unpopular president, is favored in November.
But Inhofe is not invincible. He looks and sounds tired. He was wrong about the war in Iraq. He has nothing new to say about health care, troop support or energy policy. His policies are the same old GOP talking points as he trots out every election, heavy on tough talk and little else.
But there's less to Inhofe than meets the eye. Inhofe is increasingly ineffective as a Oklahoma politican, something more and more Oklahoma voters are figuring out. It's time for Inhofe to go.
With a few more supporters and some additional money, Rice may be the guy to give Inhofe the kick in the butt he needs.
For more on Rice, check out his website at andrewforoklahoma.com.