Coburn’s departure likely to trigger GOP dominoes

Coburn’s departure likely to trigger GOP dominoes

Oklahoma’s 2014 election cycle was thrown for a huge loop when U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn announced his early retirement last week. The move could knock over a series of dominoes in Oklahoma politics as some of state’s most powerful GOP leaders mull jumping into the race.

What was expected to be an election season with few surprises among heavily favored entrenched Republican incumbents has suddenly morphed into a cycle that will have two U.S. Senate races, including the first open U.S. Senate seat in a decade, and possibly open U.S. House or statewide office seats depending upon who decides to run for the Senate.

“It could cause a cascade of different elections and open seats,” said Gov. Mary Fallin, who was about the only Republican in Oklahoma to rule out a run for Coburn’s seat. “It will be an exciting election year across Oklahoma, and that’s how quickly things can change on the political scene in any state.”

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