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August 23, 2014

Democrat Announces Candidacy for Lankford Seat

Oklahoma Democratic state Sen. Al McAffrey announced his candidacy for the 5th District on Thursday, according to the Associated Press.

“I’m running for Congress to bring some good old-fashioned Oklahoma common-sense to a place that desperately needs it,” he said in a statement provided to the AP and KGOU.

McAffrey is running in the Oklahoma City-based district to replace Republican Rep. James Lankford, who is campaigning for the open Senate race to replace retiring GOP Sen. Tom Coburn.

This House race would be a major lift for any Democrat. Mitt Romney carried the district by 18 points in 2012.

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