4 candidates seek Okla. 5th Congressional District

Associated Press Modified: October 7, 2012 at 3:01 pm •  Published: October 7, 2012
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. James Lankford is seeking a second term in Oklahoma's 5th Congressional District seat in the Nov. 6 general election.

But a Democratic candidate and two independent challengers for the position say they hope to spoil Lankford's plans.

Lankford was the only member of Oklahoma's U.S. House delegation who did not draw a primary challenger for re-election. But he faces Democrat Tom Guild and independents Pat Martin and Robert Murphy in the general election.

Lankford was a political newcomer when he emerged from a crowded Republican primary field in 2010 and won the GOP nomination in a runoff. Guild unsuccessfully sought the Democratic nomination for the seat two years ago.

Oklahoma's 5th Congressional District includes nearly all of Oklahoma County as well as Pottawatomie and Seminole counties.