Incumbent Oklahoma congressmen look to avoid upsets

By KEN MILLER, AP Published: June 20, 2014
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Three incumbent Oklahoma congressmen are working to avoid upsets in the June 24 primary as their challengers take hope following an upset in Virginia.

Republican Reps. Tom Cole, Frank Lucas and Markwayne Mullin each face challengers in the primary that comes two weeks after GOP Rep. Eric Cantor lost in the Virginia primary to economics professor Dave Brat.

The Oklahoma incumbents say they believe Cantor had become more focused on his House leadership position than on constituents in his district — something the Oklahomans say they’ve avoided.

Cole faces Anna Flatt in the GOP primary; Lucas faces Robert Hubbard and Timothy Ray Murray; while Mullin is opposed by Darrel Robertson. Rep. Jim Bridenstine is unopposed in both the primary and the general election while the Fifth District seat is open.