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Fate Of Oklahoma 2nd Distrct Congressional Race To Be Decided

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The decision on whether to hold a special election in Oklahoma's 2nd Congressional District is expected to be made during a meeting of the state Election Board.

The three-member board is scheduled to meet Wednesday in a closed-door session with its attorney to discuss whether to hold a special election because the Democratic nominee died two days before Election Day.

First-term Republican U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin coasted to victory in last week's election with 70 percent of the vote over Democratic nominee Earl Everett and independent John Douthitt.

But state law allows for a special election to be held in case of a candidate's death before a general election, and the Democrats have selected veteran state legislator Jerry Ellis of Valliant as its substitute candidate.

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