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February 28, 2014

Brogdon could force runoff in senate primary

DUNCAN — The decision by former state Sen. Randy Brogdon to run for the U.S. Senate will probably force a ruoff to determine the Republican nominee for the Senate seat, the GOP chairman of Stephens County said Thursday.

Brogdon has announced on his web site he is running for the Senate position that will be vacated at the end of the year by Jim Coburn.

He has yet to make a formal announcement to the media but is filling volunteer roles and staff positions for a campaign, according to a message sent to his email subscribers.

U.S. Rep. James Lankford, R-Edmond, now in his second term, and state Rep. T.W. Shannon, R-Lawton, who has resigned his Oklahoma House Speaker position to devote time for the primary run,  announced their campaigns earlier.

Leon Farris, chairman of the Stephens County Republican Party, said Brogdon’s candidacy “will probably create a primary runoff.”

Dave Weston, state chair of the Republican party who was in Duncan Thursday talking with party operatives, has the same opinion,  Farris said.

A Republican primary runoff after the special election on June 24 is not an ideal scenario for Republicans, Farris noted.

“Depending on what kind of Democratic opponent we might get, we kind of hate to see three good Republicans spend all their resources to determine who’s going to be the nominee,” he said.

 If a primary runoff is necessary, it would be held on Aug. 26.

 Farris said it appears the senate race has become the major focus of Oklahoma voters and has overshadowed the state school superintendent election in which incumbent Janet Barressi faces a challenge from within her own party as well as from Democrats.

 Brogdon, who lives in Owasso in the Tulsa area,   lost a bid for governor in 2010 when Mary Fallin won the nomination and later defeated Democratic nominee Jari Askins, the former Lt. Gov. from Duncan.

Brogdon served two terms in the Oklahoma Senate beginning in 2002.

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