Update: Since I wrote this, the Oklahoma Election Board has changed the vote totals from the ’08 presidential race. The latest figures show McCain got 960,165 votes, which is 373 votes more than President George W. Bush got in Oklahoma in 2004.
The new figure for President-elect Barack Obama is 502,496, which means he got only 1,470 votes fewer than Sen. John Kerry in 2004.
Still, pretty amazing how little difference there was in the Oklahoma electorate.
There seems to be a lot of emotional discussion on newsok.com about the presidential race results in Oklahoma and what they may or may not have meant.
Can’t offer much beyond the people I’ve quoted in my news stories and the exit poll results posted on this blog previously.
But something to keep in mind: There was almost no difference between the support for Sen. John McCain and the support for President Bush in Oklahoma in 2004. In fact: Only 16 votes!
That’s pretty astonishing really, considering that more than 1.4 million votes were cast for presidential candidates in both 2004 and 2008. McCain got 959,808 and Bush got 959,792.
The results for the Democrats were also amazingly similar. In 2004, Sen. John Kerry, the Democratic nominee, got 503,966 votes. In 2008, Sen. Barack Obama got 502,329 votes. That’s only a 1,637 vote difference — again, out of more than 1.4 million votes cast in each election.
State voters apparently didn’t get the memo that this was an election about change.