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Oklahoma Democrats Eye Three Men For 2nd District Race

Congressman Markwayne Mullin
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The chairman of the Oklahoma Democratic Party says officials have narrowed the list of possible candidates in a special 2nd District election.

Chairman Wallace Collins says state Sen. Jerry Ellis of Valliant, state Rep. Ben Sherrer of Chouteau and attorney Paul Scheiflebein of Tahlequah are being considered as possible Democratic candidates in the 2nd District. The potential candidates were selected during a meeting of the party's central committee Saturday.

Collins says a final choice will be announced early next week.

Republican U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin received 70 percent of the vote in Tuesday's general election for the congressional seat. But Collins says he believes state law requires a special election due to the Nov. 2 death of the Democratic candidate, Earl Everett.

Attorney General Scott Pruitt is studying the issue.

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