GOP hopes to gain control of state Senate

By Michael McNutt Published: August 8, 2008
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The GOP leader in the state Senate said Thursday chances are good Republicans will control the Legislature's upper chamber for the first time in state history.

While not exactly predicting Republicans would win enough seats in the Nov. 4 general election to take over the Senate, Sen. Glenn Coffee, R-Oklahoma City, said, "We really like our chances.”

Are their chances better?
Coffee, co-president pro tempore of the evenly split Senate the past two years, said the GOP's chances of winning a Democratic seat in Stillwater improved this week when it was disclosed the Democratic Senate candidate, former Payne County Judge Robert Murphy, applied for his old judicial post.

"He can't seem to decide what job he wants,” Coffee said. "It also suggests he's not confident that he's going to win.”

Coffee, in the middle of serving his last four-year term because of legislative term limits, made the comments after he and House Democratic leader Danny Morgan talked to more than 100 employees of Cox Communications as part of the company's weeklong voter education efforts in Oklahoma City and Tulsa. More than 100 of the company's 2,200 workers have registered to vote this week, a company spokeswoman said.

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