In most campaign cycles, by the time the primary comes around to my home state – Oklahoma – there is a clear frontrunner. For example, in 2008 Arizona Senator John McCain had a decisive lead over former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, who was the only other top-tier candidate left in the race.
But this year, four very different choices will appear on the Oklahoma ballot. These candidates are constantly jockeying for national frontrunner status, which means none of them is really a frontrunner. Never in recent history have Oklahomans felt so involved in the primary process.