4 Candidates Seek Oklahoma 5th Congressional District


Sunday, October 7th 2012, 4:50 pm
By: News 9


Republican U.S. Rep. James Lankford is seeking a second term in Oklahoma's 5th Congressional District seat in the Nov. 6 general election.

But a Democratic candidate and two independent challengers for the position say they hope to spoil Lankford's plans.

Lankford was the only member of Oklahoma's U.S. House delegation who did not draw a primary challenger for re-election. But he faces Democrat Tom Guild and independents Pat Martin and Robert Murphy in the general election.

Lankford was a political newcomer when he emerged from a crowded Republican primary field in 2010 and won the GOP nomination in a runoff. Guild unsuccessfully sought the Democratic nomination for the seat two years ago.

Oklahoma's 5th Congressional District includes nearly all of Oklahoma County as well as Pottawatomie and Seminole counties.