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Oklahoma Democratic Party chairman: Brad Henry pondering race

Modified: September 5, 2013 at 2:16 pm •  Published: September 5, 2013
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The nine-member Oklahoma Supreme Court, which likely would decide the issue, includes six justices appointed by Henry.

Henry's foray into the race for Oklahoma governor in 2014 would be a huge boost for Democrats and a monumental shake-up of what might otherwise be expected to be a safe re-election bid for Fallin, who has never lost a political race. Many high-profile Democrats in Oklahoma are strongly urging Henry to consider running, said Ben Odom, a Norman attorney and former vice chairman of the Oklahoma Democratic Party.

“Behind the scenes there are some key players in the state urging Governor Brad Henry to run for governor, and heck, I'm one of them,” Odom said.

Odom said Henry likely would spend some time weighing numerous factors before making a decision on whether to run.

“If you have tremendous name recognition and high positives, which he does, and you have your campaign network still reasonably intact, you can put together a campaign quickly. I think he could raise the first million dollars in a week,” Odom said. “I think we'll know later rather than sooner.”

Fallin spokesman Alex Weintz said the governor would be ready to take on any challenger.

“I don't have any thoughts on his eligibility. That would be a question for lawyers and the courts to work out,” he said.

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