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Oklahoma elections: Paddack, Barresi easily carry primaries

A lifelong classroom teacher will make the race for state superintendent of schools a three party election in November.
By Megan Rolland Modified: July 28, 2010 at 1:00 am •  Published: July 28, 2010

/articleid/3480276/1/pictures/1057919">Photo - Jerry Combrink, candidate for Oklahoma state superintendent of education, answers a question during a forum in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, June 16, 2010. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki) <strong>Sue Ogrocki - AP</strong>
Jerry Combrink, candidate for Oklahoma state superintendent of education, answers a question during a forum in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, June 16, 2010. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki) Sue Ogrocki - AP

Cooper said being a third-party candidate is a tough road, but he is optimistic his grassroots social networking-based campaign will give him a fighting chance in a race that the two major party candidates estimate will cost $1 million each.

"If you spend $1 million on something, it's going to be yours," Cooper said. "I'm just going to keep hitting the fact that, after next Thursday, if they're looking for someone with education experience, I'm the only one in the race."

Already, Barresi has raised $505,978, and Paddack $274,539. Barresi took out a $275,000 loan for her race. Cooper, who said he won't accept donations, has spent about $2,300.


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