Oklahoma Elections: U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn opens up huge early lead in re-election bid

Retired professor Jim Rogers, of Midwest City, leading Democratic primary to face Coburn
BY CHRIS CASTEEL Modified: July 28, 2010 at 12:59 am •  Published: July 28, 2010

— U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn topped 90 percent of the vote in the Republican primary Tuesday in his bid for a second and final term.

On the Democratic side, retired professor and perennial candidate Jim Rogers, of Midwest City, won easily.

With almost all the votes in, Coburn had 90 percent; Republicans Evelyn Rogers, of Tulsa, had 6 percent and Lou Spring had 4 percent.

On the Democratic side, Jim Rogers had 66 percent of the vote, and Oklahoma City attorney Mark Myles had 34 percent.

Coburn, R-Muskogee, pledged in 2004 that he would serve only two terms in the Senate, where he has built a national reputation for his efforts to cut government waste and block new spending.

No well-known or wealthy Democrats felt the urge to take on Coburn, a 62-year-old physician who trounced well-known and wealthy Republicans in 2004 before easily beating well-financed Democrat Brad Carson in 2004.

Coburn was one of the leading opponents of the health care reform bill this year, and he was chosen to serve on President Barack Obama's deficit-reduction commission.

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