Written by Dick Pryor on Friday November 4, 2011
November 6, 2011
The 2012 General Election is now just one year away. 365 days. So, with that in mind we thought it would be a good time to talk politics on Oklahoma Forum. Joining us for this look ahead at 2012 (with few predictions just yet) are Neva Hill, strategist and President of Neva Hill & Co.; Sheryl Lovelady, former political strategist and pollster who is now with the Women's Leadership Initiative at the University of Oklahoma; and Keith Gaddie, Political Science Professor at OU and Editor of Social Science Quarterly.
We had a fast-moving conversation about the presidential campaign, congressional and legislative races, hot-button issues, voter ID, redistricting, the mood of the electorate and state ballot initiatives. As usual since 1964, Oklahoma is not expected to be a venue that presidential candidates will visit in 2012, other than to raise some money.
Republicans Mitt Romney and Rick Perry have already been here, but just for short stays. Don't expect President Obama to come to Oklahoma in 2012 – the state has voted Republican in every presidential race since 1964 and John McCain took every Oklahoma county in 2008. Oklahoma was the only state in the union to have every county go for McCain. Most signs point toward another strong year for Republicans in Oklahoma in 2012.
This program officially launches our Oklahoma Votes 2012 election coverage on OETA. Our election reporting will start earlier than usual in 2012, since the Oklahoma presidential primary will be held on Super Tuesday, March 6, 2012 and state candidate filing will be held April 11-13, 2012.
Hope you enjoy the show and it gets your political juices flowing!
Until next time,
(Pictured above, left to right: Host Dick Pryor, Neva Hill, Keith Gaddie, and Sheryl Lovelady)
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