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Oklahoman among hopefuls to run against President Obama

Jim Rogers is one of three Democratic challengers to file Wednesday to oppose the president in Oklahoma's presidential primary in March. Seven Republican presidential candidates have filed.
BY MICHAEL MCNUTT Modified: December 7, 2011 at 9:06 pm •  Published: December 7, 2011

President Barack Obama drew three Democratic opponents Wednesday for Oklahoma's presidential primary in March.

Two Republicans also filed papers and the required $2,500 fee Wednesday to be on the GOP presidential primary ballot. They joined five other Republicans who filed earlier.

The total of 11 candidates — four Democrats and seven Republicans — who filed to be on next year's presidential ballot is almost half the number who were on the 2008 presidential primary ballot. Eighteen candidates filed four years ago.

On the 2008 ballot, Obama was one of seven Democrats, which included Jim Rogers, of Midwest City, who filed again Wednesday.

Of the 11 Republicans who filed in 2008, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, of Texas, filed again this week to be on next year's GOP presidential primary ballot.

Republicans filing Wednesday were U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., 55, and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, 51. Huntsman's campaign sent a $2,500 check and declaration of candidacy form Tuesday, but the check was a campaign check instead of the required cashiers check. A cashiers check was sent overnight, arriving about 45 minutes before the 5 p.m. filing deadline.

Republicans who filed earlier are Rick Santorum, former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania; former U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Newt Gingrich; and Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

Bob Ely, an Illinois Democrat, and Randall Terry, 52, founder of the anti-abortion group Operation Rescue, filed Wednesday to oppose Obama.

Rogers, 76, was the only candidate to file in person.

Terry's Operation Rescue gained publicity in the late 1980s for blockading the entrances to abortion clinics; Terry led the group until 1991. He states on his campaign website that he has been arrested more than 40 times.

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