When he first ran for Congress in 2012, Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Tulsa), pledged to serve only three terms. He intended to keep that promise and not seek re-election next year, but now he will apparently be leaving the House early. During the weekend, President Trump nominated Rep. Bridenstine as the next NASA Administrator.
Upon confirmation to his new position, the Congressman will resign his Tulsa-anchored congressional district meaning yet another special election will be scheduled in advance of the regular midterm vote. Five Republicans and no Democrats announced their candidacies before the Bridenstine appointment. Businessman Kevin Hern appears to have the most resources to bring to the campaign. Former Tulsa County District Attorney Tim Harris, state Sen. Nathan Dahm, attorney Andy Coleman, and Baptist pastor Danny Stockstill comprise the current candidate field. We can expect more action now that the seat will be in special election mode.
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