Dan Boren to Retire: What Does that Mean for Oklahoma and the Nation?

“With the surprise announcement by Democratic Congressman Dan Boren that he won’t seek reelection, the race for the 2nd District seat has gone from “likely Democrat” to “tossup” and Republicans are salivating over the prospect of again claiming the seat (McCarville, 2011).”

The retirement of Dan Boren opens a seat previously defended by a strong incumbent. Oklahoma’s 2nd Congressional District remains “the last frontier” for Oklahoma Republicans who have captured a dominating majority in the State Legislature and now lay claim to every statewide elected office.

While the 2nd district traditionally elects a Democrat to Congress and Congressman Boren retains an overwhelmingly positive image, in an open seat with an unpopular Barack Obama leading the 2012 Democratic Party ticket, a different result could be realized, according to Jim Ellis of Prism.

Having already attracted several top-tier Democratic candidates and exploratory efforts from Republican candidates, Oklahoma’s 2nd district promises to be among the top House targets for both parties in 2012.

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