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Three candidates withdraw from Oklahoma House, Senate races

The candidacy of five other contenders draws challenges. The Oklahoma Election Board will hold hearings on the challenges next week.
BY MICHAEL MCNUTT mmcnutt@opubco.com Published: April 18, 2012
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Three more candidates for legislative office withdrew Tuesday and five challenges to legislative races were filed.

Tuesday was the deadline for candidates to challenge whether opponents met requirements and for candidates to have their names removed from the June 26 primary election ballot. Two candidate challenges were filed Monday, but they were resolved when both contenders being challenged withdrew by Tuesday's 5 p.m. deadline.

The five candidate challenges will be heard Monday by the state Election Board.

Republican Maurice Aldridge, of Oklahoma City, withdrew from the House District 83 race, a day after Rep. Randy McDaniel, R-Oklahoma City, challenged his qualifications. McDaniel said Aldridge was not a registered Republican for six months before last week's filing period, as required by law.

Aldridge's withdrawal means McDaniel won't have a primary election. Ed Holzberger is the only Democrat to file for the seat.

Dan Collier, a Democrat from Edmond, withdrew from the Senate District 41 race, leaving three candidates in the race: Sen. Clark Jolly, R-Edmond, Republican Paul Blair, of Edmond, and independent Richard Prawdzienski, of Edmond. Jolley and Blair will face other in the June 26 primary election; the winner will meet Prawdzienski in the Nov. 6 general election.

Republican Mark Beard, of Oklahoma City, dropped out of the House District 100 race, leaving two Republicans to battle for the seat in the June 26 primary election. Rep. Elise Hall, R-Oklahoma City, is opposed by Jeff Renner, of Oklahoma City.

Monday, Rep. Ann Coody, R-Lawton, won re-election when her only opponent dropped out of the House District 64 race. Ryan D. Jernigan, of Lawton, withdrew from the race after Coody challenged whether he had been a registered voter in the district six months before last week's filing period. Coody also challenged whether he had been a Republican for the required six months before last week's filing period.

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