2008 United States Senate election in Oklahoma
Inhofe: 40–50% 50–60% 60–70% 70–80% 80–90%
|Elections in Oklahoma|
The 2008 United States Senate election in Oklahoma was held on November 4, 2008. The statewide primary election was held July 29, with the run-off on August 26. Incumbent Republican U.S. Senator James Inhofe won re-election to a third term.
As of 2018, this is the last time a Democrat carried any counties in an Oklahoma U.S. Senate election.
Rice officially filed as a candidate for the United States Senate from Oklahoma on Monday, June 2, 2008. He won the Democratic primary against Jim Rogers, a retired schoolteacher who stressed campaign finance reform. As in earlier campaigns, Rogers refused to accept money to avoid any question of his allegiances. State Senator Kenneth Corn had earlier expressed interest in the race.
- Andrew Rice, State Senator
- Jim Rogers
- Jim Inhofe, incumbent U.S. Senator
- Dennis Lopez
- Evelyn Rogers
- Ted Ryals
|Republican||Jim Inhofe (Incumbent)||116,371||84.18%|
|Republican||Evelyn R. Rogers||10,770||7.79%|
- Jim Inhofe (R), incumbent U.S. Senator
- Andrew Rice (D), State Senator
- Stephen Wallace (I), businessman
Inhofe, who in August 2008 had a 61% approval rating, emphasized his conservative record and tried to label Rice as a "committed liberal." In the debates, Rice tried to connect Inhofe to George W. Bush saying "An era allowed this to happen. George Bush came into office eight years ago with a Republican majority and … an agenda of radical deregulation." Rice also believed in global warming, something Inhofe is famous for being against. In the election, Inhofe had over $5 million in the bank. Rice had $3.8 million.
|Poll Source||Dates administered||Rice||Inhofe|
|Benenson Strategy Group||December 8–12, 2007||35%||49%|
|Tulsa World/KOTV/SoonerPoll||December 16–19, 2007||19%||60%|
|Research 2000/Daily Kos||June 9–11, 2008||31%||53%|
|KSWO||August 12–14, 2008||41%||50%|
|Survey USA||September 5–7, 2008||34%||56%|
|Rasmussen Reports||September 11, 2008||39%||55%|
|Survey USA||September 29, 2008||37%||53%|
|Survey USA||October 19, 2008||39%||51%|
|Survey USA||October 29, 2008||36%||56%|
|Republican||Jim Inhofe (Incumbent)||763,375||56.68%||-0.62%|
- Candidates for Federal, State and Legislative Offices Oklahoma State Election Board, June 2–4, 2008
- "State Lawmaker To Run For U.S. Senate", Associated Press, August 3, 2007
- "Oklahoma State Election Board - Primary Election 2008". Ok.gov. July 29, 2008. Retrieved December 8, 2012.
- RealClearPolitics - Politics Nation - OK: Inhofe +22
- Rice, Inhofe spar over economy | Tulsa World
- An interview with Andrew Rice, the Democrat challenging GOP Sen. James Inhofe | Grist
- Politics Home Page : Roll Call
- Race Ratings Chart: Senate Archived October 28, 2010, at the Wayback Machine CQ Politics
- 2008 Senate Race Ratings Archived November 20, 2008, at the Wayback Machine The Cook Political Report, October 9, 2008
- 2008 Senate Ratings The Rothenberg Political Report, September 29, 2008
- "2008 Election Statistics". Clerk.house.gov. Retrieved December 8, 2012.
- U.S. Congress candidates for Oklahoma at Project Vote Smart
- Oklahoma, U.S. Senate from CQ Politics
- Oklahoma U.S. Senate from OurCampaigns.com
- Oklahoma U.S. Senate race from 2008 Race Tracker
- Campaign contributions from OpenSecrets.org
- Inhofe (R-i) vs Rice (D) graph of multiple polls from Pollster.com
- Official campaign websites (Archived)