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OK-2 race takes shape

Veterinarian Charles Thompson won a GOP runoff in Oklahoma's second congressional district -- in the Eastern part of the state -- setting up a match up with incumbent Democrat Dan Boren.


A veterinarian from Hulbert has defeated a 26-year-old rancher and doctoral candidate to win the Republican nomination for a congressional seat in eastern Oklahoma. Dr. Charles Thompson defeated Daniel Edmonds of Morris in Tuesday's primary runoff. Thompson had also led in balloting July 27, but did not have enough votes to avoid a runoff in the six-way primary. Thompson stressed his 25 years in the military and the experience he earned starting his veterinary business from scratch, saying those accomplishments made him the more-seasoned candidate. Thompson will face current Democratic U.S. Rep. Dan Boren in the Nov. 2 general election. Boren is seeking a fourth term in the 2nd District, which stretches from far northeast Oklahoma to the Red River border with Texas.

John McCain won this district in 2008 with 66% of the vote, but Boren, a conservative Democrat won it with 70%.