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Norman man changes goal from president to Congress

Instead, R.J. Harris says he will file Friday for Congress. He will seek the 4th Congressional District seat, a post he sought two years ago.
BY MICHAEL MCNUTT Published: April 13, 2012

A Norman man is dropping his presidential bid to run for Congress instead.

R.J. Harris said Thursday night he will seek the 4th Congressional District post, which extends from southern Oklahoma City to the Texas state line.

Harris said he will file for the post Friday, the last day federal and state candidates can file to be on this year's ballot. U.S. Rep. Tom Cole, R-Moore, filed earlier this week.

Harris, 39, made his first bid for public office in 2010 when he filed for the 4th Congressional District seat as a Republican; he got 23 percent of the vote in the GOP primary.

Harris announced last year he was seeking the Libertarian Party's presidential nomination, which will be decided at the party's convention next month. Harris said his presidential campaign didn't raise the money necessary to wage a national race.

“It's become very clear also within the last week or so that there is way more support out there for a second congressional run for me at this stage in my political career than running for president,” Harris said. “There's just much more support out there for a congressional race.”

Harris calls himself a constitutional libertarian and has been involved in the nationwide grassroots Liberty Candidate movement, which supports candidates who defend individual liberty, constitutional government, sound money, free markets and a noninterventionist foreign policy.