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April 8, 2014

State, federal elections will take shape

OKLAHOMA CITY — Hundreds of political candidates are expected to rush the Capitol this week during the busy, three-day filing period for state and federal races.

State leadership posts up for grabs include governor, lieutenant governor, state school superintendent, every seat in the state House of Representatives, state Senate seats from even-numbered districts, and the unexpired District 5 Senate seat that includes Choctaw, McCurtain and Pushmataha counties, as well as parts of Atoka and LeFlore counties.

All five of Oklahoma’s seats in the U.S. House of Representatives will be on the ballot. So will both seats in the U.S. Senate — one now held by Sen. Jim Inhofe, a Republican who is seeking re-election, and the seat held by Sen. Tom Coburn, who is stepping down at the end of the year.

Candidates for district attorney, district judge or associate district judge also must file at the Capitol. Those seeking county seats must file with their respective county election offices.

The state’s primary elections will be June 24. Any necessary runoff races will be Aug. 26. The general election is Nov. 4.

Filing is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, outside Room 230 in the north hall of the Capitol. For more information, visit elections.ok.gov.

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