With the presidential election just about a month away, officials with both political parties in the state say they’re having a hard time keeping presidential signs in supply.
Oklahoma Republican Party Chairman Gary Jones said today his office has given away about 35,000 signs in the past three weeks or so. Some of the first signs given away just had the name of Republican presidential nominee U.S. Sen. John McCain; signs the past couple week also have the name of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the vice presidential nominee.
About 10,000 McCain-Palin signs arrived today at state GOP headquarters, 4031 Lincoln Blvd., Jones said.
“We usually get them in on Friday, but by Tuesday. Wednesday of the next week we’re usually out,” Jones said. “We just can’t believe how fast they’re going out.”
The state Republican Party is paying for the signs, Jones said. The national McCain campaign is putting its efforts in battleground states; McCain in Oklahoma is about 30 points ahead of Democratic presidential nominee U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, recent polls have shown.
Ivan Holmes, chairman of the Oklahoma Democratic Party, said last week that party headquarters, 4100 Lincoln Blvd., is having a hard time keeping Obama yard signs on hand.
The state Democratic Party has bought nearly 11,000 signs with the names of Obama and Sen. Joe Biden, the Democratic vice presidential nominee, on them.
- Michael McNutt, Capitol Bureau