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Crowded Field to Replace Senator Coburn

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Sen. Tom Coburn Sen. Tom Coburn
U.S. Rep. James Lankford U.S. Rep. James Lankford
Former Oklahoma House Speaker T.W. Shannon Former Oklahoma House Speaker T.W. Shannon
Former state Sen. Randy Brogdon Former state Sen. Randy Brogdon
Andy Craig Andy Craig
Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Republican field in the race for U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn's two-year unexpired term is continuing to swell, with two-term U.S. Rep. James Lankford becoming the latest official candidate for Oklahoma's first open U.S. Senate seat in a decade.

The 45-year-old filed paperwork on Friday, telling reporters he believes he can be a more effective advocate in the U.S. Senate for his priorities of reducing the nation's debt and overregulation by the federal government.

Another Republican joining the U.S. Senate race on Friday is 41-year-old political newcomer Andy Craig of Broken Arrow. That brings to seven the number of Republicans seeking the post, including former Oklahoma House Speaker T.W. Shannon and former state Sen. Randy Brogdon of Owasso.

Democratic state Sen. Connie Johnson of Oklahoma City also filed.

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