The Presidential Race Intensifies As Republican Candidates Plan Visits To OK


Thursday, February 25th 2016, 6:00 pm
By: Grant Hermes


Twenty-four hours from his third visit to the state, a Trump adviser praised Oklahoma voters. Trump is currently winning Oklahoma by five points with 30 percent of the vote, followed by Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio.

“Whether it's our border, whether it's our trade deals, whether it's an economic policy that's has seen wages plummet for decades, they're ready to dispense with a half century of failed policies,” Stephen Miller, policy advisor for the Trump campaign said.

But the campaign did come under fire in the Sooner State on Thursday, after spelling Oklahoma City twice on the campaign's official Facebook page. The misspellings are the latest in a series of blunders for the campaign in Oklahoma. Trump’s campaign misspelled Tulsa on media passes into the event several months ago and during his visit to the Oklahoma state fair, the campaign accidentally flew the Oklahoma flag upside down during his speech.

2/25/16 Related Story: Oaklahoma? Trump’s Official Facebook Event Page Misspells Oklahoma City

The race to narrow the race in Oklahoma also began to intensify on Wednesday. The political action committee, “Stand For Truth”, began running anti-Rubio ads. Those come just days after Cruz fired a top communications aide from his campaign for putting a negative video of Rubio on social media. Cruz told reporters he was running a no-negative campaign.

Cruz also added a visit to Oklahoma. A source close to the campaign said the senator plans to be in Oklahoma City and Lawton on Sunday, around 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., respectively. Those visits will be after a stop in Tulsa at 1:30 p.m.

Outside of Oklahoma, the candidates are gearing up for the final debate before Super Tuesday. The debate will be hosted in Houston, TX. Texas is Cruz’s home state where he had a 15-point lead according to recent polls, followed by Trump and Rubio.

Trump received some unusual support Thursday morning. Former Klu Klux Klan leader David Duke said he supported Trump for president on his radio show Thursday morning.

“Voting against Donald Trump at this point is really treason to your heritage,” Duke said. “I haven't endorsed him formerly, but I do support his candidacy and I support voting for him.”

This isn't the first time white nationalists have supported Trump. Supremacy groups were making phone calls for him in Iowa and New Hampshire.