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Anti-Abortion Activist Challenges Obama in Democratic Primary

Digital Vision/Thi​nkstock(OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla.) -- Veteran anti-abortion activist Randall Terry won more than 18,400 votes, or 18 percent, in Oklahoma’s Democratic presidential primary Tuesday — a significant showing in a year when incumbent President Barack Obama has nationally faced no serious challenge from within his own party.

Obama won more than 54,000 votes, or 55 percent, according to preliminary results from the Oklahoma State Election Board. Democrats who largely turned out did so in a symbolic show of force for Obama in one of the nation’s reddest states. (Republican Sen. John McCain carried Oklahoma with 65 percent of the vote in 2008 to Obama’s 34 percent.)

Support for Terry highlights, at least in part, the prevalence of anti-abortion Democrats in the country’s mid-section, where social issues are of comparatively higher salience for all voters.

Terry, who founded Operation Rescue, formally launched a primary challenge to Obama in January 2011 with the stated intention of raising the profile of his anti-abortion views.

“I want to pummel Obama. I despise this presidency. He is the arch child-killer of the Western Hemisphere, so I’m going to go head-to-head with him,” Terry told ABC News in a phone interview at the time.

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Activist Vows Graphic Anti-Abortion Ads During Super Bowl 

File Photo. Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Veteran anti-abortion activist Randall Terry says he's mounting a Democratic primary challenge to President Obama in 2012, in part to be able to run graphic TV ads showing aborted fetuses during next year's Super Bowl.

Terry, who founded Operation Rescue, unveiled a campaign website this week, including three prototype 30-second videos he wants to air during the 2012 NFL championship game and throughout the Democratic primary next year. The videos, narrated by Terry, show bloody and dismembered fetuses following abortions.

He plans to formally announce his candidacy Thursday in front of the Holocaust Museum in Washington.

"I want to pummel Obama. I despise this presidency. He is the arch child killer of the Western Hemisphere, so I'm going to go head to head with him," Terry said in a phone interview.

"My ultimate goal is to make child-killing illegal again. And for child-killing to be made illegal, there has to be a crisis of conscience; we have to show the victims like we show the Holocaust victims and say never again."

While TV networks occasionally reject ads based on controversial or graphic content, the Federal Communications Act requires broadcasters to provide legally qualified political candidates fair access to ad time and forbids them from censoring ads "in any way, or for any reason." Terry said he's confident he can raise the $2.5 million for a Super Bowl spot and that CBS would broadcast it.

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