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Oklahoma elections: Mary Fallin, Jari Askins to face off in November

The Republican congressman rushed back from Washington to be with supporters.
BY MICHAEL MCNUTT - Capitol Bureau Modified: July 28, 2010 at 10:01 am •  Published: July 28, 2010

/articleid/3480256/1/pictures/1058331">Photo - 2007 file photo - Speakers at Go Red for Women, "Wear Red Day" press conference include Oklahoma's newest member of Congress, Mary  Fallin, left, and Lt. Gov. Jari  Askins, who replaced  Fallin as Oklahoma's lieutenant governor. By Jim Beckel
2007 file photo - Speakers at Go Red for Women, "Wear Red Day" press conference include Oklahoma's newest member of Congress, Mary Fallin, left, and Lt. Gov. Jari Askins, who replaced Fallin as Oklahoma's lieutenant governor. By Jim Beckel
especially the lives of the unborn,” she told the buoyant crowd.

Perhaps the greatest shouts came for her comments lambasting the Obama administration and “the failed policies of big government.”

Fallin, R-Oklahoma City, went to Washington earlier in the day to vote for an emergency funding measure for military operations in Afghanistan.

After voting for the measure, which among other things would pay for a 30,000-troop surge in Afghanistan,

Fallin rushed to a Washington airport to board a chartered jet to bring her back to Oklahoma City to watch late voting returns with supporters at the Will Rogers Theater.

Askins led throughout the night, but her lead withered from about 7 percent to less than 1 percent.

Edmondson, who passed up seeking a fifth term as attorney general to run for governor, conceded his race against Askins about 11 p.m.

“We have done the number crunching,” he told supporters. “The gap is going to close, but there is not going to be enough numbers to make it up.

Edmondson said he called Askins and congratulated her on “running an excellent campaign.”

“I have pledged my efforts to this fall to help her get elected governor of the state of Oklahoma,” he said.

Brogdon, who passed up seeking a third term in the Senate, said he was disappointed after waging a long, hard battle.

“We've worked our heads off,” he said. “We'll just have to regroup.”

CONTRIBUTING: STAFF WRITERS DIANA BALDWIN AND SONYA COLBERG


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