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2 political hopefuls stricken from Oklahoma Senate race

December 17, 2020 GMT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The field is set for a special election for a vacant Oklahoma state Senate seat, and two Republican hopefuls won’t appear on the ballot.

The Oklahoma Election Board on Wednesday determined two Edmond men who filed for the seat — Rob Johnson and Darrick Matthews — were not eligible. Johnson and Matthews had each challenged each other’s eligibility. Johnson maintained Matthews was not a registered voter for six consecutive months before he filed for the seat, while Matthews argued Johnson did not live inside the District 22 boundaries.

The seat that includes parts of northern Oklahoma City, Piedmont, Yukon and Edmond was left vacant when former Republican state Sen. Stephanie Bice was elected to the U.S. House.

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The remaining candidates include Democrats Molly Ooten and Dylan Billings, and Republicans Keri Shipley and Jake Merrick.

A special primary election is set for Feb. 9, with the special general election to be held April 6.