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Governor's Race

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By Associated Press

Oklahoma City, OK – Askins seeks centrist ground in Okla. gov. race

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) After winning the Democratic Party's nomination for governor, Lt. Gov. Jari Askins declared she wanted to be the candidate for "the average Oklahoman" and staked a claim in the middle of the political spectrum.

U.S. Rep. Mary Fallin, Askins' Republican opponent, is making a claim for the same territory. But she spent most of the week after the July 27 primary waiting for an endorsement from conservative state Sen. Randy Brogdon, her tea party-backed chief rival. It came after a half-hour meeting with Brogdon in which she had to prove she had the "right" stand on issues.

Now heading into the fall, Askins has a problem similar to Democrats across the South how to appeal to a conservative electorate while a president from her party remains tremendously unpopular.