The race between Jim Reynolds and David Boren in Senate District 43 never stops being interesting.
Democrat newcomer David Boren (no, not that David Boren) gave Reynolds a scare in the Nov. 4 election when he picked up 49 percent of the vote in a district that includes parts of Oklahoma and Cleveland counties. Reynolds won with 50.3 percent of the vote in unofficial vote totals.
Reynolds, a Republican from Oklahoma City, has been in the Senate eight years. He’s championed conservative causes and pro-family legislation. The results of the election might have shook him up a little.
Boren, a nurse who works nights and campaigned during the day, got a last minute cash infusion to his campaign that seemed to be gathering speed. Either it was the name confusion factor that helped him or the 7,000 doors he claims to have knocked before the election but he picked up a significant portion of the votes.
Now the men await the results of a recount in two counties. Cleveland County finished up their totals Wednesday. Oklahoma County will resume Thursday morning.
Among other things, this race is a display of contrasts. Boren petitioned the court for a recount in what appeared to a petition he typed up himself.
In court on Wednesday, Reynolds was flanked by his brother, Rep. Mike Reynolds, R-Oklahoma City, and Republican State Party Chairman Gary Jones.
Boren arrived to court nearly an hour late after attending a similar hearing in Cleveland County. He represented himself before Oklahoma County District Judge Daniel Owens and even managed to successfully convince the State Supreme Court to assign a new judge to the case.
Republicans often bemoan the fact that attorneys are the primary donors to Democratic campaigns. But it seems on Wednesday, that the party that benefits from attorney donations couldn’t find an attorney among its members to represent Boren.
Maybe Boren didn’t want the help or couldn’t afford it. Or maybe it was a case that an attorney didn’t think was winnable or had much merit. Democratic Party Chairman Ivan Holmes says Boren and his camp didn’t ask for help in the recount crusade.
Boren has a hearing on Monday on allegations he made of voting irregularities, perhaps he’s asked for help in his legal represenation in that case. Otherwise, it could be another ironic contrast.