Oklahoma's 2nd District Likely National Battleground After Boren Decision
With the surprise announcement by Democratic Congressman Dan Boren that he won't seek reelection, the race for the 2nd District seat has gone from "likely Democrat" to "tossup" and Republicans are salivating over the prospect of once again claiming the seat.
By Mike McCarville
Republican Tom Coburn held it before voluntarily relinquishing it. Boren subsequently cruised to victory and has won handily ever since. However, his 65+ percent wins in recent races was trimmed to 57 percent last year in the anti-Obama landslide.
Boren's decision likely means the seat will be national target for both parties and it promises to spice up the 2012 election cycle.
Boren's announcement was barely out of his mouth when possible candidates began surfacing.
Democrat Brad Carson, Obama's Oklahoma campaign chief and a former congressman now a Claremore attorney, indicates he's in, but has considerable political baggage.
Democrat Kenneth Corn, his party's unsuccessful nominee for lieutenant governor last year, most likely is in; the initial "read" is that he's the most likely party nominee.
Republican George Faught of Muskogee, member of the Oklahoma House, is forming an exploratory committee. He'll be a formidable GOP candidate.
Republican State Chairman Matt Pinnell indicates the party will put considerable resources into the campaign of the party nominee.
In 2010, the National Republican Congressional Committee had the conservative Boren on its early target list and promised a vigorous effort to knock him off; that effort never materialized.