President Obama did win Oklahoma’s Democratic primary earlier this month, but he is so unpopular in the reddest state in the Union that he lost more than a dozen counties in the western part of the state.
Operation Rescue founder Randall Terry was also on the ballot as a Democrat and he managed to take 18 percent of the vote. Terry had himself placed on the ballot in several states in order to enable his anti-abortion commercials to be broadcast, labeling them as political ads. FCC rules require ads from political candidates be broadcast, even if the television stations would ordinarily have rejected them due to content.
Despite party rules that say Terry is entitled to a share of Oklahoma’s delegates to the Democratic convention, state party officials said last Friday that they would not give Terry any because they say he didn’t follow the party’s procedures and because he has proclaimed himself a “lifelong Republican.”
“He’s not a bona fide Democrat,” said Trav Robertson, the executive director of the state party.
Before the Oklahoma primary, Obama had won all of the Democratic delegates awarded this year, national party officials said.