The 2014 election season in Oklahoma is sure to be a busy one. With the shake up in Oklahoma’s congressional representation, Standard Excellence will be tracking who’s running for what offices, and as much as possible, where they stand in the polls and primaries.
So far, here is what we know about the Senate and House races.
Tom Coburn announced last week that he will be stepping down from his position in the US Senate at the end of this year. As a result, a special election will be held this November to finish the two remaining years of his term. As many candidates from both the Republican and Democrat parties will be competing for this spot, primaries, and likely runoff primaries, will be held.
Democrats Dan Boren, Jari Askins, and Bill Anoatubby will not be running for Coburn’s Senate seat.
Possible Republican contenders for Oklahoma Senate: T.W. Shannon, Jim Bridenstine, and James Lankford (who has already announced his intention to run). Shannon, the current Speaker House in Oklahoma, has reportedly formed an exploratory committee to look into what he would be facing in a potential run.
Many Oklahomans might think Lankford would be a shoe-in for the Senate seat, but this may not prove to be the case. On Monday, the Senate Conservatives Fund released a statement that it will not support the Congressman’s campaign, citing his votes to increase the debt limit, fund Obamacare, support amnesty, among others.
Attorney General Scott Pruitt and Rep. Tom Cole have both said they will not be running.
More names are sure to come up, as the filing deadline for candidacy will be Friday, April 11, 2014. This year’s primary day is scheduled for Tuesday, June 24.
Having announced his intention to run for Senate, Congressman James Lankford will not be in the running for the Congressional seat he has occupied now for two terms. A number of Republicans have indicated they will be contending to fill that spot.
Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner Patrice Douglas announced Tuesday that she will run for the congressional seat being vacated by Rep Lankford. Douglas is also a former Mayor of the City of Edmond.
Former state Sen. Steve Russell of Oklahoma City and former state Rep. Shane Jett of Tecumseh, both Republicans, have announced they will seek the 5th District seat.
Other names thus far include State Senators Clark Jolley, David Holt, and Greg Treat, as well as State Representativesa Paul Wesselhoft and Mike Turner.
On the Democratic side in the 5th District race, retired University of Central Oklahoma professor Tom Guild, who ran unsuccessfully for the post in 2010 and 2012, already has announced his plans to run again, as has retired federal contractor Keith Davenport. Former Corporation Commissioner Jim Roth said he’s considering the race.
In addition, a few Democrats have also expressed their interest. Tom Guild, who lost to Lankford in 2010, will be running again. Keith Davenport, Marilyn Rainwater, and former Corporation Commissioner Jim Roth also have indicated they may run.
Check back on Standard Excellence for more election 2014 updates as the other national and statewide campaigns unfold.SHARE