13 October 2003
Thinning out the herd
Rep. Ernest Istook says he's not going to run for the Senate seat being vacated by Don Nickles next year.
Announcing he will seek reelection to his 5th District House seat, Istook cited the slight majorities held by the Republicans in Congress; he's not willing to risk the GOP House majority to take a shot at securing the Senate.
With J. C. Watts already having declined, this leaves the door open for Oklahoma City Mayor Kirk Humphreys, who has a press conference scheduled for this afternoon. (Should Humphreys win the seat, the City Council would appoint an acting mayor until a special election could be called; a city charter change is on the ballot tomorrow to allow a special election immediately.)
As for the Democrats, well, Brad Carson is definitely in, and Drew Edmondson is surely thinking about it.