McCain expected to win Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Republican John McCain looks like a slam-dunk winner over Democrat Barack Obama in Oklahoma as voters headed to the polls Tuesday for the presidential election.

Obama never visited the state in 2008 and finished a distant second to Hillary Clinton in the state's presidential primary in February.

Republican officials are predicting that McCain will get his largest percentage victory in either in Oklahoma or Utah.

That might seem curious, considering Oklahoma Democrats still outnumber Republicans in voter registration by 1.1 million to about 860,000.

But Oklahoma has not voted Democratic in a presidential election since 1964 and has been trending to the GOP for decades.

Rural Democrats in parts of southern Oklahoma are conservative and traditionally vote Republican in federal elections.

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