June 1st, 2009
01:00 PM ET
5 years ago

Senator Coburn to run for "final term"

(CNN) - Senator Tom Coburn says he's running for re-election next year.

The conservative Republican from Oklahoma, who's become a crusader against government earmark spending, made his announcement at a news conference in Tulsa.

"I have made a decision that I will seek a second and final term in the U.S. Senate," announced Coburn.

He was adamant that this will be his last re-election effort, saying "when I say final term, it mean final term. There will be no other term after this."

Coburn, who's also a doctor, was first elected to the Senate in 2004, defeating Democrat Brad Carson by 12 points.

Oklahoma is heavily dominated by Republicans. John McCain won the state by 30 points in last November's presidential election. Political analysts say Coburn is heavily favored to win re-election.

"The Sooner state has turned into one of the most reliable bastions of conservatism, and this is one state where Republicans are in ascendant," says Stuart Rothenberg, editor and publisher of the non-partisan Rothenberg Political Report.

Coburn was elected to the House of Representatives as part of then House Speaker Newt Gingrich's "Republican Revolution." He served three terms in the House from 1995 to 2001.


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soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. Luke Brown

    Why not make THIS term his last? This guy has done nothing with his Senate career. Just another GOP religious zealot who believes his was is the only way.

    June 1, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  2. JD

    "JonDie June 1st, 2009 2:01 pm ET

    "The Sooner state has turned into one of the most reliable bastions of conservatism, and this is one state where Republicans are in ascendant".

    Translation: Oklahoma is were the dumbest, meanest and most ignorant people on Earth live."

    Oklahoma is a conservative state but there are democrats and liberals here, that's pretty closed minded of you to say and a reason why republicans grasp on to the elitist label. Open your mind, I dislike Coburn too but don't insult an entire state of proud people, remember broad generalizations are never good. Also very nice typo, luckily I'm dumb enough to understand it.

    June 1, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  3. JT

    Sure – go ahead & run. You don't have a chance in hello to make it. But be our guest, waste the GOP's money and make what remains of the GOP support (<20%) look like the obsolete relics they are. You have zero chance of winning. Zero.

    June 1, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  4. JD

    please stop calling Oklahoman's dumb and imbred, please just call them brainwashed by the christian right and the lied to by the rich backers. Again democrats exist here and the Governor is Democrat so don't judge. I don't roll my eyes at California for electing an Republican actor to head their state.

    June 1, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
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