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R.J. Harris, Democratic candidate for Oklahoma governor, drops out of race

R.J. Harris announced Tuesday he is dropping out of the governor's race and instead endorsing the campaign of Rep. Joe Dorman.
by Graham Lee Brewer Modified: January 14, 2014 at 9:36 pm •  Published: January 15, 2014
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R.J. Harris, a Democratic candidate for the Oklahoma governor's race, has announced he is officially ending his campaign.

Harris, 40, of Norman, who ran against U.S. Rep. Tom Cole, R-Moore, both as a Republican and an independent, also ran for the Libertarian Party's presidential nomination in the 2012 election. He currently serves as a chief warrant officer 3 in the Oklahoma National Guard, where he has served for nearly 23 years.

Harris filed a statement Nov. 4 with the state Ethics Commission indicating he was raising money for a campaign.

Harris said after careful thought he has decided to instead endorse the campaign of Rep. Joe Dorman, D-Rush Springs, who formed an exploratory committee for the race on Dec. 17.

Harris added he believes Dorman shares many of his values and goals for the state.

“We've got a candidate here in Joe that, even if we don't see eye-to-eye on every issue, if I wasn't convinced that he wasn't serious about taking some of these issues head-on then I wouldn't be doing this,” Harris said.

Dorman has spoken with Harris about the move and welcomes his support, said Mark Nestlen, spokesman for Dorman's exploratory committee.

by Graham Lee Brewer
General Assignment/Breaking News Reporter
Graham Lee Brewer began his career as a journalist covering Oklahoma's vibrant music scene in 2006. After working as a public radio reporter for KGOU and then Oklahoma Watch he went on to cover the Oklahoma Senate for eCapitol before joining the...
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