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Former Senator Santorum Comes to Oklahoma

Filed by Michael Cross in Feature, Local News, News, Oklahoma Votes, Politics.
February 10, 2012
 

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Coming off three big wins in the Republican race for President, Rick Santorum made a visit to the Sooner State.

The former Pennsylvania Senator was hoping to garner more votes in a state where he’s currently third according to a new poll.

The visit comes with less than four weeks from Super Tuesday.

The place which has been dubbed the “Reddest State in the Union” got about a thousand people out to the Meridian Convention Center in southwest Oklahoma City to hear GOP candidate Rick Santorum.

And, he knows well what the stakes are.

“You look at all the states on Super Tuesday; Oklahoma is the bedrock of the Republican Party and the conservative movement in this country.”

Oklahoma has 43 delegates to give out on March 6th along with 9 other states.

Political Science Professor Keith Gaddie says Oklahoma’s evangelicals are very important to the primary race.

“Not only is it a nice little delegate prize but it sets him up to argue that he can win Texas at the beginning of April and Texas is the big delegate prize. So there are good reasons to see people pay attention to Oklahoma because more front runners need to win here.”

The other twist this year is for the first time ever in the GOP, Oklahoma is only a winner-take-all state if one candidate gets more than 50% of the vote.

Otherwise, the 43 delegates are split between every candidate who gets more than 15%.

A CNN poll taken before Tuesday’s elections has Newt Gingrich with 34%, Mitt Romney with 31%, Santorum with 16% and Ron Paul in fourth place with 10%.

Among the crowd watching the event is James Brand of Oklahoma City who sports a Santorum button, but he’s still keeping an open mind.

“I’m just studying everybody. Santorum like he says has a good chance of beating Obama because of the contrast so I’m trying to look at everybody.”

Stephanie Broardt of Oklahoma City carries a handful of yard signs for Santorum and doesn’t understand how anyone can still be undecided.

Stephanie has supported the former Senator from the beginning and says there were times she was afraid she wouldn’t be able to vote for him in the primary.

“I was not feeling very hopeful but this it’s electric its wonderful and it’s so exciting to be here and I’m so happy and just filled with joy that he’s made it this far.”

Santorum spent most of his 50 minute speech attacking President Obama, certainly not tough choice in Oklahoma.

He made slight references to his primary opponents, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich, the front runners in the race even in Oklahoma.

He also brought up his support of energy and manufacturing.

He finished the speech with a call to action from his base in the Sooner State.

“Let this be the center, not only of doing well here in Oklahoma, but having the values and principles of the great people of this state catch fire across this country. Help us out. Make a difference. Heal our land. Save this country. God bless you.”

Since Tuesday, Santorum says he raised a million dollars for his campaign and freely admits he’d like to raise another million through his visit to Oklahoma.

The State Republican Party says no other candidate has scheduled a visit to Oklahoma before Super Tuesday, but Gaddie expects that to change.

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