Bridenstine won’t run for Senate in Oklahoma

January 29, 2014

Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) will not run in the special election to fill the seat of retiring Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), he announced Wednesday. Bridenstine's decision is a blow to conservative groups who wanted to see him run.

"After giving this matter serious consideration and prayer, my family and I have decided I will not run in the special election to complete Dr. Coburn’s term," he said in a statement.

The Senate Conservatives Fund and the Madison Project had been touting the prospect of a Bridenstine run.

Rep. James Lankford (R) is already in the race, and state House Speaker T.W. Shannon (R) is expected to announce his candidacy on Wednesday.



Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.
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