Demos Battle for Second District

Aug 12, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — When Democratic U.S. Rep. Dan Boren surprisingly announced last year he wouldn't seek a fifth term in office, Democrats started scrambling for an ideal candidate who could hold on to the seat in the increasingly conservative district.

With a tough-on-crime resume and deep roots in the Oklahoma Democratic Party, longtime prosecutor Rob Wallace emerged as the top contender. The 49-year-old has been endorsed by arguable two of the most popular Democrats in the state — former Gov. Brad Henry and former Gov. and U.S. Sen. David Boren.

But Wallace has found himself in a knock-down, drag-out primary battle with a political newcomer, agri-businessman Wayne Herriman, who has pumped more than $215,000 of his own money into his campaign and used it to try and paint Wallace as a career politician.

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