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. This morning, six candidates had filed in the first 30 minutes. Monday is usually the busiest day for candidates to file. Records kept by the state Election Board show 60 to 70 percent of the candidates file on the first day. State Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax said he still expects about 600 candidates to file by the time the filing period ends at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Four years ago, when most of the same statewide offices were on the ballot, 594 candidates filed. Monday ended with 392 filings, but the number officially is 391. Ziriax tossed out the filing of Hoppy Heidelberg who filed for the state Senate District 15 seat, which is not up for election this year. The incumbent, Sen. Jonathan Nichols, R-Norman, is running for district judge, but he first has to win that seat before his office can be declared vacant. Monday’s filings were down compared with first-day totals for 2006 and 2002, when a similar number of seats were being sought, Ziriax, said. In 2006, 415 had filed on the first day and 399 had filed in 2002. No major surprises occurred during Monday’s filing period. All the major gubernatorial candidates filed and all the members of the state’s congressional delegation seeking re-election filed.