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Oklahoma elections: State senate candidate withdraws from race

Liz Donnelly, a Democrat, withdrew her name from the November ballot Tuesday afternoon. Republican incumbent Sen. Cliff Branan, of Nichols Hills, will retain his District 40 seat.
BY JULIE BISBEE Modified: July 27, 2010 at 9:19 pm •  Published: July 27, 2010

A Democrat seeking to unseat an incumbent Republican state senator has dropped out of the race.

Liz Donnelly, the associate vice president of student affairs at Oklahoma City University, withdrew her name from the ballot Tuesday afternoon.

Donnelly was running against Republican incumbent Sen. Cliff Branan, of Nichols Hills, in the November general election for the District 40 seat.

"The rigors of running a competitive campaign against a strong incumbent took their toll on her and her family," said Sarah Taylor, communications director for the Oklahoma State Senate Democratic political action committee. "We hope that her time on the campaign trial discussing issues of public safety, education, jobs and the economy have had some impact on both Sen. Branan and his constituents who will hold him accountable on these important issues."

Branan will now hold the seat, said Paul Ziriax, state election board secretary. Donnelly's name will not appear on the November ballot, he said.

Republicans retained five Senate seats because Republican incumbents were unopposed, challengers withdrew from the race or the candidacy of their opponents was successfully challenged.