Tea party candidates challenge GOP from the right

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - As the tea party movement gains momentum in Oklahoma, many longtime Republican officeholders are finding themselves with primary opponents challenging them from the right.
Tea-party-aligned challengers to U.S. Reps. Tom Cole and John
Sullivan, and U.S. Rep. Mary Fallin who is running for governor,
all say the established officials aren't conservative enough for
this state.
But that's a tough sell in the reddest-of-the-red Oklahoma,
where President Barack Obama failed to win a single of its 77
University of Oklahoma political science professor Keith Gaddie
says it's not easy to pull a Republican congressman in Oklahoma
much further to the right. He also says it's not yet clear how the
tea party movement will affect campaigns.

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