State of Oklahoma: Economy Factor in Vote

Tulsa, OK – A political analyst says Oklahoma's strong oil and natural gas industry plus low unemployment and relatively stable housing contributed to Republican John McCain's wide margin of victory in the state.

McCain won 66 percent of the vote in Oklahoma which is his biggest margin of victory.

Nationwide Democrat Barack Obama won in a landslide.

University of Oklahoma political science professor Keith Gaddie says things are going well in Oklahoma and voters saw no reason to punish Republicans.

Oklahoma's ``pocketbook'' vote is partly supported in data from exit poll interviews with voters.

More than half those surveyed in Oklahoma said the economy is the most important issue facing the U.S. and about two-thirds of those voters voted for McCain.

But in exit polls nationwide about 60 percent of voters said the economy is the most important issue and about half of those favored Obama.