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« on: April 25, 2005, 10:21:46 pm »

The candidates for the Oklahoma's Governor's Mansion are as follows as of Monday, April 25, 2005

Democrats:

Gov. Brad Henry
Fmr. Rep. Brad Carson

Republicans:

Fmr. Rep. JC Watts

Its still very early, they don't even have a date for our state primary set, yet.
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« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2005, 10:22:46 pm »

I thought Watts said, he's done with politics?  By the way, I like Henry.
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« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2005, 10:38:19 pm »

I thought Watts said, he's done with politics? By the way, I like Henry.

Rumor has  it that Watts has changed his mind.  If he wins, he would be the first African-American Governor.
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« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2005, 10:39:13 pm »

You mean of Oklahoma? Because we had one here in Virginia.
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« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2005, 10:42:54 pm »


Rumor has  it that Watts has changed his mind.  If he wins, he would be the first African-American Governor.

How would a Watts vs Henry matchup playout?

Is Watt's popular statewide or just in his old CD?
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« Reply #5 on: April 25, 2005, 10:47:09 pm »

I meant the first Afr-Amer Governor of Oklahoma, thanks.

Watts would probably win but not by very much.

He was a very popular Congressman and the entire state was disappointed when he decided to retire from the House, especially given his leadership roles.
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« Reply #6 on: April 25, 2005, 11:05:42 pm »

Why is Carson challenging Henry in the primary?  They both seem cut of the same cloth.
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« Reply #7 on: April 25, 2005, 11:17:01 pm »

Carson is just a bit to the left of Henry.  I think Carson is just itching to get back into politics.  He was kind of bitter after losing the 2004 Senate race to Tom Coburn and I think he may just want to prove that he can win.  I don't think Carson has much of a chance because Henry is riding the benefits of incumbency and Henry has been for the most part a very good governor.
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« Reply #8 on: April 26, 2005, 01:48:54 am »

and Henry has been for the most part a very good governor.
Hell, even I would vote for him.
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« Reply #9 on: April 26, 2005, 02:03:45 pm »

Henry will win in a landslide if these are the options!!!
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« Reply #10 on: April 26, 2005, 03:39:31 pm »

Henry will win in a landslide if these are the options!!!

Not so fast, ian.  If you'll remember, 2002 wasn't decided until the next week when Brad Henry barely eaked out a victory over his Republican opponent Steve Largent.  JC Watts would be a better opponent than Steve Largent, in my opinion.

Plus, its not even May 2005, yet.
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« Reply #11 on: April 26, 2005, 04:19:50 pm »

Plus I doubt we'll see that third-party guy in the race again...what was his name?
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« Reply #12 on: April 26, 2005, 04:25:04 pm »

Plus I doubt we'll see that third-party guy in the race again...what was his name?

Gary Richardson
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« Reply #13 on: April 26, 2005, 04:57:08 pm »

I would love to see Watts get elected as Gov.  It would position him well for the 2012 Presidential election.
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« Reply #14 on: April 26, 2005, 05:47:21 pm »

Who would win in a Brad Henery Vs. Mary Fallin (lt. Governor) race for governor?
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« Reply #15 on: April 26, 2005, 08:42:25 pm »

Who would win in a Brad Henery Vs. Mary Fallin (lt. Governor) race for governor?

Tough to say, Mary Fallin has been the Lt Governor for 12 years (as of January 2007).  She served all of Gov. Frank Keating's administration, plus the four years of Gov. Brad Henry's administration.  Mary Fallin, I think, is also running, though I forgot to put her down as a Republican candidate when I started this thread.

If I had to guess, probably Mary Fallin.
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« Reply #16 on: April 27, 2005, 12:37:14 am »

I thought Watts said, he's done with politics?  By the way, I like Henry.

y' never know, after losing the governor race, Richard Nixon said "you won't have old Nixon to kick around any more", then he ran and won presidency in 1968.  (forgive me if this quote is not exactly word for word)
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« Reply #17 on: April 27, 2005, 09:22:39 am »

Has Oklahoma had Native American Governors before? If so, how many? Just asking.
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« Reply #18 on: April 27, 2005, 09:48:25 am »

I don't think we have.  They may have had some indian in them, like myself, but they were vastly a White American.
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« Reply #19 on: May 16, 2005, 01:51:47 am »

I really wanted Watts in the Senate. But a governor's mansion is better positioning for higher office.
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« Reply #20 on: May 29, 2005, 01:35:16 am »

Carson is just a bit to the left of Henry.  I think Carson is just itching to get back into politics.  He was kind of bitter after losing the 2004 Senate race to Tom Coburn and I think he may just want to prove that he can win.  I don't think Carson has much of a chance because Henry is riding the benefits of incumbency and Henry has been for the most part a very good governor.

I know I'm an just another evil New England liberal, but when I heard Carson on Meet the Press last year, I was stunned he was in the same party as me. How on earth could a Democrat be further right than Brad Carson?!

I would love to see Watts get elected as Gov.  It would position him well for the 2012 Presidential election.

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« Reply #21 on: May 29, 2005, 01:53:54 am »

Watts will win if he runs. Henry is very tolerable for Republicans but when they get to the ballot box, they'll still go Watts.

I never did buy the idea Watts was tired of politics. I think he wanted to make some money (check) and then come back for bigger things (check?).
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« Reply #22 on: May 29, 2005, 04:42:44 pm »

Watts will win if he runs. Henry is very tolerable for Republicans but when they get to the ballot box, they'll still go Watts.

I never did buy the idea Watts was tired of politics. I think he wanted to make some money (check) and then come back for bigger things (check?).

Watts does have a good chance of winning, and I wouldn't mind having him as my governor.  However, at the state and local levels, Oklahoma is still fairly Democratic (although the Republicans did take over the State House last year).  However, Watts is not even guaranteed the nomination.  Lt Gov Mary Fallin is very well liked in this state and appeals to both Republicans and some Democrats, though she did cause a rift in the Democratic controlled State Senate session a couple weeks ago.  She was trying to hold up the body from conducting the business of the state for almost the same reason as the US Senate was almost held up.  That may cause her some trouble in her run and may be something Watts can easily exploit in the primary and her Democratic opponent (should she win the nomination) could tear her apart with.

Right now, Brad Henry has the leg up on the Democratic primary because of his incumbency.  Besides that, there's no Democrat that has filed his or her paperwork to run to challenge Brad Henry as of yet.  There have been several file for Lt Governor (they run on different tickets) because Mary Fallin is running for Governor.
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« Reply #23 on: July 09, 2005, 07:16:30 am »

Lt Gov Mary Fallin (R) of Oklahoma has decided to seek re-election rather than seek the Governor's Mansion.  That leaves the GOP with two relative unknowns a State Senator and Oil Exec.  Gov. Brad Henry maintains a wide lead over JC Watts of 49%-34%.  Gov. Brad Henry then should be easily re-elected as Oklahoma's Governor.
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