Can Randy Brogdon’s constitutionalist bravado trump the popularity of Mary Fallin?

ntroduces Brogdon at a rally: “He is a friend to the Tea Party.”

And with that support, Brogdon pins a great deal of his campaign hopes. It was vital for him to get the endorsement of the state Tea Party organizations, especially since Gerhart’s group is going to spend most of its time working against, rather than for, candidates, he said. Brogdon may be the only endorsement the group makes this year.

There is no denying the Tea Party crowd will influence the 2010 elections. How much remains unanswered, as well as if it will be enough for Brogdon to win. Many members of Tea Party organizations are not Republicans. Not a problem, Brogdon explained.

“I am going to win this race with conservative primary voters,” he said. “I assure you, there are more conservatives in the Republican Party than there are moderates and liberals.”

One of those is Curtis Spencer of Broken Arrow. An Army veteran, Spencer said if Brogdon can stick to the message of being a constitutionalist, he can win. Spencer also believes gender will be a factor.

“Personally, I think it’s going to be tough for this state to elect a woman,” Spencer said outside the Brogdon rally. “I don’t think they’ll do it.”

Spencer may not have much of a choice if Fallin faces Lt. Gov. Jari Askins, a Democratic candidate, in the fall.

Fallin recognized the historical importance of possibly becoming the state’s first female governor. But don’t expect her to play it up.

“I don’t talk about my gender on the campaign trail, because I think it’s more about experience and leadership and vision and ideas,” she said. “But I will tell you a lot of young girls come up and say,

Scott Cooper

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