Claremore Daily Progress

January 15, 2014

Harris drops out of Democratic race for governor

Staff Reports
Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY —

R.J. Harris has dropped out as a Democratic candidate for Oklahoma governor.

Harris made the announcement on his website Wednesday and says he’s endorsing Democratic state Rep. Joe Dorman in the race. Harris, who’s previously run for office as a Republican and an independent candidate, says he’s supporting Dorman because Dorman is “socially tolerant and fiscally conservative.”

Republican Gov. Mary Fallin is running for her second term in office. She faces a GOP primary challenge from former state Sen. Randy Brogdon, who filed paperwork last month to run for governor.

Fallin became Oklahoma’s first female governor when she captured more than 60 percent of the vote in the 2010 election against then-Lt. Gov. Jari Askins.