OKLAHOMA CITY — In Oklahoma’s 2nd Congressional District, the retirement of a popular Democratic incumbent has set off a race among 10 candidates, including three Democrats and an independent.
At least from the perspective of the state Capitol in Oklahoma City, the race has appeared rather quiet, perhaps even slow and somnolent.
That seems likely to change as the primary race for both major parties enters a final, two-week sprint.
Despite an overwhelming registration advantage for Democrats, the district is a conservative bastion that twice elected Republicans, former U.S. Rep. Wes Watkins and current U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn.
Six candidates are competing in the Republican primary race. The man spending the most money is Markwayne Mullin, of Westville, owner of a plumbing business in Broken Arrow.
Mullin’s candidacy is under scrutiny in the wake of news stories in The Tulsa World and the Claremore Daily Progress.
The World’s Randy Krehbiel reports Mullin “has become the subject of a high-profile whisper campaign concerning the 2009 arrest and conviction of an employee on federal gun charges.”