A Republican candidate who ran against U.S. Rep. Frank Lucas did not follow through on his vow to challenge Tuesday’s primary election results on the basis that Lucas was dead.
Timothy Ray Murray, of Oklahoma City, claimed in a letter sent to the state Election Board this week that Lucas had been executed in 2011 in Ukraine.
Lucas, who has been in the U.S. House since 1994, won the GOP primary Tuesday with 83 percent of the vote. Murray received 5 percent.
Murray, who did not challenge Lucas’ qualifications by the April 15 deadline, had a deadline Friday to ask for a recount or challenge the election based on irregularities.
Neither cause for challenge seemed to apply to Murray’s claim, which attracted attention Friday from national media outlets.