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.
“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.”