The Fix: Oklahoma

Oklahoma Rep. John Sullivan loses primary

Rep. John Sullivan (R-Okla.) became the latest incumbent to lose a primary on Tuesday, falling to tea party-backed Jim Bridenstine.

Sullivan survived a 2010 primary after taking time away from Congress, citing his “addiction to alcohol.” On Tuesday, he lost narrowly amidst a spirited — if under-funded — challenge from Bridenstine, a Navy pilot who raised less than $300,000 for the race.

With 94 percent of precincts reporting, Bridenstine led Sullivan 54 percent to 46 percent. AP has called the race for Bridenstine.
Tea party candidate Jim Bridenstine speaks during a news conference in Tulsa, Okla. Bridenstine defeated Rep. John Sullivan (R-Okla.) in a primary Tuesday. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

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Why Oklahoma is so anti-Obama

Oklahoma doesn’t like President Obama very much.

Obama lost 15 counties in the Democratic primary in the Sooner State on Tuesday, and he took just 57 percent of the vote statewide despite none of his little-known opponents having much (read: any) money to contest the state.
Taylor Lenhart, 13 and pal Shelby Nealy, 14, check out who's coming and going at the Agriculture Building parking lot just before the start of the annual Bonus Livestock Auction. Washington, Okla. is a conservative town that prides itself on family values, good schools and it's rural culture. (Michael S.Williamson/The Washington Post)

It was hardly the first time the state thumbed its nose at Obama. In the 2008 presidential campaign, no state gave him a smaller percentage of the vote than the Sooner State, which voted 66 percent to 34 percent for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).

Which begs the question: Why?

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