Handed to him on a paper platter

The next Oklahoma House of Representatives will have 70 Republicans and 31 Democrats. If this sounds like a rout to you, you ain’t heard nothing yet:

[Rusty] Farley ran for this seat in 2008, and lost to Democrat Dennis Bailey 56.7%-43.3%. House District 1 contains (and only contains) McCurtain County in far southeastern Oklahoma. A whopping 11.8% of voters are registered Republicans, and 5.2% are Independents. This time, Farley received 50.83% of the vote against Bailey.

Did I mention that Bailey spent over $20,000 on his reelection bid, while Farley spent … $100? Yes, Farley spent $100 and won the race.

In Little Dixie, yet, where “Republican” used to be a dirty word on the level of “grit-eating, scum-sucking, pencil-neck geek.”


  1. Lisa Paul »

    5 November 2010 · 2:26 pm

    It reaffirms my faith in voters when the guy or gal who spent a fraction of his/her opposition wins. Same happened in California where Whitman and Fiorina outspent their opposition by truckloads and still went down in flames. And the Texas oil money that was backing one of the propositions with big bucks also lost out.

  2. Tatyana »

    6 November 2010 · 12:01 pm

    hahaha! those pinko californians are delusional up until last step into the amiss.

    makes more entertaining to see from the outside – including those ex-CAnians who are leaving the tainted place in droves.

    a great model for us, NYkers, alab experiment of “what not to wear: brown-pink!”

  3. CGHill »

    7 November 2010 · 9:24 am

    There was some more stuff on Rep.-elect Farley: apparently he amassed a campaign war chest of $170, and ended up with $70 left.

    I read somewhere that Meg Whitman forked out something like $50 per vote. I can think of lots of places where it would be easier, or more efficient, just to pass out a stack of Grants.

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