Now that Oklahoma Republicans have won control of both legislative chambers, recapturing the governor's seat will be the next state post sought for the GOP crown.

Gov. Brad Henry will complete his second and final term in 2010. Three Democrats -- one more openly than the others -- are said to be looking at the post. They include Lt. Gov. Jari Askins, Attorney General Drew Edmondson and State Treasurer Scott Meacham.

Mr. Edmondson told The Daily Oklahoman's editorial board that he planned to change the "office sought" notation on his state ethics form from attorney general to governor.

"We'll then spend 2009 kind of gauging the support that's out there. If it's sufficient, we'll probably make an announcement late in '09," Mr. Edmondson said.

On the Republican side, U.S. Rep. Tom Cole is said to be watching the race from Washington. The longtime Moore resident, in an interview with The Transcript's M. Scott Carter, said he wouldn't rule out such a race.

Other Republicans would figure in the mix. Open seats draw contenders. Don't rule out such GOP risers as Mary Fallin or Mick Cornett. A race between Congresswoman Fallin and Lt. Gov. Askins would be a novelty and the state's chance to elect our first woman governor.

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