With 578 Oklahoma candidates filing for political office and a primary election in 10 weeks, some races are shaping up as slugfests and others as slam dunks.
The three-day filing period for more than 300 state political offices in Oklahoma ended at 5 p.m. Friday.
The bid to serve out the remaining two years of U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn’s term has set up a June 24 GOP primary race with seven contestants, including U.S. Rep. James Lankford and former Oklahoma House Speaker T.W. Shannon. Six other Republicans, three Democrats and three independents will be scrapping to pick up the seat Lankford is vacating to run for the Senate.
On the other side of the coin is freshman U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Tulsa, who was the only candidate to file in the 1st District and now can look forward to a second term without a political fight.
“I look forward to continuing our work to restore constitutional integrity, economic freedom and national security,” he said.
Lankford, with his wife, Cindy, at his side, filed candidacy papers on the second floor of the state Capitol at 9:42 a.m. Friday.
“We really feel a calling to do this,” he said. “It’s something we’ve prayed through and really feel very passionate. We are supposed to do this.”