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Gazette staff February 20th, 2013

Here in the Heartland — or the buckle of the Bible Belt, depending on your cliché of choice — it’s difficult to fathom that there could be other states more conservative than Oklahoma.

Credit: Brad Gregg

According to a recent Gallup survey, however, we’re is the nation’s sixth most conservative state, with a little more than 47 percent of Oklahomans describing their ideology as such. The Sooner State ranks behind — in descending order — Alabama, North Dakota, Wyoming, Mississippi and Utah.

While sixth is certainly nothing to sneeze at, the showing has got to be a bit galling to the state’s right-minded right-wingers. All our statewide officeholders and congressional delegation are Republican; the Ten Commandments adorn the State Capitol lawn; everyone has guns; and the last Democratic presidential candidate to win the state was Lyndon Johnson back in 1964.

What more do we gotta do, people, to get to No. 1? Make Sally Kern poet laureate? Ban the evolution of pro-choice same-sex stem cells?

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