Will They Run? GOP Eyes Focused On Shannon, Bridenstine

Jan 27, 2014

The dust still hasn't settled on Oklahoma's 2014 political landscape after U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn triggered a landslide within the state Republican Party with his announcement that he planned to forego his final two years in office.

U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Tulsa)

All eyes are focused on whether Oklahoma House Speaker T.W. Shannon and first-term U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine decide to enter the race for Coburn's soon-to-be vacant seat.

Republican U.S. Rep. James Lankford of Edmond already has announced his candidacy, throwing open his 5th District U.S. House seat and setting off another scramble by GOP hopefuls looking to replace him.

Oklahoma House Speaker T.W. Shannon (R-Lawton) speaking at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland.
Credit Gage Skidmore / Flickr Creative Commons

And former Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating is flirting with the possibility of a bid for the U.S. Senate, telling The Associated Press in an email he hasn't ruled it out.


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