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Despite Party Losses, Dems in Oklahoma Still Love Bill

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Back in 1993, when Bill Clinton took office, the Oklahoma congressional delegation looked a lot different than it does today. The state’s roster of national office holders consisted of five Democrats and only three Republicans. What a difference a few years makes. By the time Clinton left the White House, there were no Democrats left in the delegation, reports News OK.

Most were swept out during the GOP tidal wave of 1994. That year, Republicans took over the US House for the first time in 40 years. But these days, Oklahoma Democrats don’t seem to harbor any ill will toward the former president.

Betty McElderry, a DNC delegate from Purcell, said “I was a fan then, and I'm a fan now.”

Much of the good will among Dems in Oklahoma stems from Clinton’s heartfelt response to the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.