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.
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.
"I would like to thank Oklahomans across the state for their generous support," Coburn said Tuesday night.
"I decided to seek a second and final term in the U.S. Senate because I believe the decisions the federal government makes in the next few years may decide the fate of our nation. Our skyrocketing debt and deficits and disregard for our founding principles have put our nation on a perilous and unsustainable course.
"If I am elected to serve a final term in the Senate, the people of Oklahoma can be assured that I will continue my work to protect the blessings of liberty for future generations."
Rogers could not be reached for comment on Tuesday.
Independents Stephen P. Wallace and Ronald F. Dwyer, both of Tulsa, will also be on the general election ballot.