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Democrat files for Tom Coburn's seat

Oklahoma candidate filings continue today. Nearly 50 had filed by noon.
BY MICHAEL MCNUTT Capitol Bureau Modified: June 8, 2010 at 12:31 pm •  Published: June 8, 2010

Democrats now have a candidate in the U.S. Senate race.

Jim Rogers, a frequent candidate from Midwest City, filed today to challenge U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn’s bid for re-election.

Coburn, R-Muskogee, who filed for re-election Monday, has two GOP opponents, Evelyn L. Rogers of Tulsa and Lewis Spring of Hugo.

Rogers, 75, won 40 percent of the vote in the 2008 U.S. Senate Democratic primary race against state Sen. Andrew Rice of Oklahoma City. He also ran for lieutenant governor in 2006, finishing last in the Democratic primary with 12.6 percent of the vote. He also ran as a Democrat for the U.S. Senate in 2004 for the seat vacated by Don Nickles. Coburn eventually won that race.

Filings for state, federal and judicial offices resumed today at a much slower pace than Monday, when nearly 400 candidates signed up to seek posts up for election this year.

As of noon, 45 candidates had filed today.

Compared with about 15 standing in line Monday waiting to file, only one candidate sat waiting for the filing period to start at 8 this morning at the state Capitol.

Oklahoma County District Judge Patricia G. Parrish said she had planned to file Monday, but she was presiding over a jury trial and couldn’t get away from the courthouse. Parrish, of Oklahoma City, occupies the District 7, office 5 position.

Election board workers handled more than 50 candidates per hour for the first four hours Monday.

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