Wins Senate Seat
November 2, 2004
a long-running trend of supporting Republicans, Oklahoma elected former
three-term GOP Rep. Tom Coburn to the U.S. Senate in a close race against
two-term Democrat Rep. Brad Carson.
The costliest race
in the state's history was also one in which Coburn, an obstetrician,
rallied against allegations that he once sterilized a woman without
her permission. The well-known conservative asked voters to send him
back to Washington so he could fight big spenders and ensure "that
our children and grandchildren have a future."
Coburn branded Carson
a liberal and aligned him with prominent Democrats, running ads that
showed the Democrat as a puppet with Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., pulling
Republican Sen. Don Nickles who is retiring after 24 years in office.
Spends Most of Campaign Money in Final Stretch
October 28, 2004
Update: As the most expensive Senate race in Oklahoma history
reaches the home stretch, Republican Tom Coburn has spent down to $60,000
in his campaign bank account, while opponent Democrat Brad Carson has
more than ten times that amount.
Senate Candidates Trade Jabs in Two Debates
October 5, 2004
Update: Following a nationally televised exchange on "Meet the Press,"
the two candidates for the open U.S. Senate seat from Oklahoma squared
off Monday night in what one viewer quoted in The Oklahoman called "a
Clash Over Voting Records in Tight Okla. Senate Race
September 24, 2004
Two men with very different voting records as congressmen representing
the same district are battling for one of the few open seats in the
Parties' Candidates Run Conservative in OK |
are consistently conservative on social issues, and Democrats often run "I am
more conservative than my opponent" campaigns. According to one poll, 55 percent
of Oklahomans are self-identified conservatives and only about 10 percent are
Matters: How Much Do They Have? |
A closer look at each campaign's
finances as they head into the final weeks of the contest.
From the Center for Responsive Politics