Oklahoma Elections: U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn opens up huge early lead in re-election bid
Retired professor Jim Rogers, of Midwest City, leading Democratic primary to face Coburn
WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn topped 90 percent of the vote in the Republican primary Tuesday in his bid for a second and final term.
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On the Democratic side, retired professor and perennial candidate Jim Rogers, of Midwest City, won easily.
With almost all the votes in, Coburn had 90 percent; Republicans Evelyn Rogers, of Tulsa, had 6 percent and Lou Spring had 4 percent.
On the Democratic side, Jim Rogers had 66 percent of the vote, and Oklahoma City attorney Mark Myles had 34 percent.
Coburn, R-Muskogee, pledged in 2004 that he would serve only two terms in the Senate, where he has built a national reputation for his efforts to cut government waste and block new spending.
No well-known or wealthy Democrats felt the urge to take on Coburn, a 62-year-old physician who trounced well-known and wealthy Republicans in 2004 before easily beating well-
Coburn was one of the leading opponents of the health care reform bill this year, and he was chosen to serve on President Barack Obama's deficit-reduction commission.
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