Dems Find Going Green Can Turn Red States Blue

Oklahoma Senate race, with incumbent Inhofe in trouble, echoes Montana, others
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 5, 2008 7:00 PM CDT
Dems Find Going Green Can Turn Red States Blue
Vice President Dick Cheney, left, shakes hands with Sen. Jim Inhofe.   (AP Photo/David Crenshaw)

(Newser) – How is a 35-year-old, pro-choice, pro-civil-unions Democrat considered a serious challenge to Oklahoma Sen. James Inhofe? It just might be the environment, the New Republic reports. "These people are out in the natural environment and they are seeing a lot of changes in the ecosystem, and they're concerned," Andrew Rice says of his hunting, farming fellow Oklahomans.

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Wider concern on green issues have helped Democrats gain congressional seats recently in Montana, California, and elsewhere; it helps Rice's cause in Oklahoma that Inhofe is one of the most outspoken climate-change skeptics in Congress, once calling global warming a “hoax.” Even evangelicals are on board with Rice: "If (Inhofe) were really pro-life, he would not be opposed to things that stop greenhouse gases," one says. (Read more Oklahoma stories.)

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