Rush Limbaugh just chimed in on the fate of 3rd party candidates; "They always fizzle out in the final weeks." Perhaps it's the impact of massive campaign spending by the two major parties? Ross Perot was the only recent candidate to challenge the billion+ dollars in media spending by the giants in the arena.
But Donald Trump is also connecting with Oklahoma if for no other reason than the Sooner State deplores the idea of an east coast liberal telling Oklahoma how to live.
Even the Oklahoma Democrats largely reject Clinton. Little Dixie (the southeastern counties where Republicans still are a speckled minority) will not embrace Clinton. They still remember the early days of Hillary Clinton's senate agenda and her efforts to end cockfighting through federal law.
FiveThirtyEight.com is giving Trump a 99.8% chance of winning the Oklahoma contest.
But the majority of Oklahomans have become Yellow Dog Republicans in the presidential race. Oklahoma has not elected the Democrat since 1964. Even with Trump's baggage (and the national media has made an effort to magnify that narrative), Oklahoma loves his populist appeal and the anti-globalist vision he espouses.
Trump now approaches 60% and Clinton is more than 20 points behind. Gary Johnson's supporters in the Oklahoma Libertarian Party just hope their standard bearer can give them more than 2.5% of the election returns. That's essential to saving their party's official status with the Secretary of State's office. They spent over $100k to get on the ballot, and they don't want to start over yet again.
Opinion of the Editor
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David Van Risseghem is the Director of Sooner Politics.org. The resource is committed to informing & mobilizing conservative Oklahomans for civic reform. This endeavor seeks to utilize the efforts of all cooperative facets of the Conservative movement...