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March 4, 2014

Tea party favorite Brogdon joins Senate race

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OKLAHOMA CITY —

Brogdon also drew some negative attention to his campaign when he told The Associated Press in 2010 that he supported the creation of a state militia to protect Oklahoma against what he sees as an overreaching federal government. Amid heavy criticism, Brogdon retreated from that position and suggested he was referring to a National Guard-type unit to aid the state during civil emergencies.
Brogdon announced on Christmas Day through his Facebook page that he was running against Fallin again in 2014.
He will instead join a Republican field in the U.S. Senate race that includes two-term U.S. Rep. James Lankford of Edmond and former Oklahoma House Speaker T.W. Shannon of Lawton, both well-established candidates who are expected to have a fundraising advantage. A handful of lesser-known GOP candidates also have announced plans to run for the seat, which Republicans are heavily favored to maintain.
One Democrat who has expressed an interest in running is two-term state Sen. Connie Johnson, a longtime liberal voice in the Oklahoma Senate who has become a hero among the pro-marijuana movement for her support of legalization and medicinal use of cannabis.
Oklahoma’s primary election will be held on June 24.

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