Republican rancher to challenge Rep. Frank Lucas for seat in Congress

by Chris Casteel Modified: January 27, 2014 at 10:30 am •  Published: January 27, 2014

Robert Hubbard, a Canadian County rancher who is chairman of his county’s Republican Party, plans to announce Monday that he is mounting a primary challenge to U.S. Rep. Frank Lucas, R-Cheyenne.
Hubbard also owns a construction company.
Lucas, the chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, has been in the House since 1994. He has been targeted in this election cycle by the Club for Growth for being too liberal for the district, which includes 32 counties, mostly in western Oklahoma.
Lucas has always been reelected by wide margins and has never had a serious primary challenge.
The fact that a county Republican Party chairman is challenging an incumbent GOP lawmaker in the state is remarkable.
Hubbard ran for governor in 2010 and finished a distant third in the GOP primary with about 3 percent of the vote.

by Chris Casteel
Washington Bureau
Chris Casteel began working for The Oklahoman's Norman bureau in 1982 while a student at the University of Oklahoma. After covering the police beat, federal courts and the state Legislature in Oklahoma City, he moved to Washington in 1990, where...
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