Okay, I knew Andrew Rice was running for Senate, but he’s a Democrat, and the unwritten law among Republicans has been “You don’t mess around with Jim.”
Well, Jim is being messed around with: on the first day of filing, Senator Inhofe drew two Republican challengers. As a practical matter, neither Baptist minister Dennis Lopez, from the metropolis of Thackerville, nor frequent filer Evelyn Rogers, a Tulsa librarian, is likely to make much of a tug on Inhofe’s cape. Still, the fact that he’s getting GOP challengers at all is somewhat heartening.
Elsewhere: Dana Orwig, who ran against incumbent Trebor Worthen last time in House District 87, is trying again, what with Worthen deciding not to seek a third term. She’ll face Jason Nelson, a political consultant who served as legislative liaison during Frank Keating’s second term as governor. If you’re new here, I bring up District 87 because I live there.
The State Board of Elections is posting candidate filings here; the filing period ends Wednesday.
Update, Wednesday: A second Republican has entered the District 87 race. Andrew Winningham is twenty-four, which makes him even younger than Worthen, and he was last seen at a Ron Paul meetup. And Winningham isn’t even close to being the youngest person on this year’s primary ballot.