A Democratic challenger for U.S. Senate in Oklahoma who overlooked a change in his voter registration is among those who has found themselves withdrawing.
Oklahoma City attorney Steve Perry filed as a Democrat last week to run against Republican U.S. Sen. James Lankford, but Perry confirmed on Wednesday he changed his registration to independent several months ago, making him ineligible to run as a Democrat.
“I didn’t want the guy to go unopposed,” Perry said of Lankford, who is seeking a full six-year term in office after being elected to fill the time left of former Senator Tom Coburn.
Perry won’t get back his $1,000 filing fee even though he has withdrawn.
One Democrat, two Libertarians and two independents also are running for the U.S. Senate seat.
Nine other people who had filed for various seats in the Oklahoma House and three candidates who filed for state Senate seats also withdrew their names from the ballot since Friday, mostly because they were not a registered voter in their party or district for the required six months before filing for that office.
A total of 19 people who filed, including two who withdrew, had their candidacies challenged by their opponents for one reason or another. Those challenges will be heard on Monday, April 25 by the Oklahoma Election Board.
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