Sen. Coburn to run for another term

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) said Monday that he will run for a second term in 2010, sparing Republicans an open seat to defend and likely keeping one of the most colorful characters in the Senate.

Coburn was expected to seek another term, but had kept remarkably quiet about his plans. He also hasn’t actively raised money, which led some to speculate that he wouldn’t run again.

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Coburn was elected in 2004 with 53 percent of the vote. Oklahoma was the most Republican state in the 2008 presidential election, going for GOP nominee Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) 65-35.

Had Coburn opted not to run, Gov. Brad Henry (D), Rep. Dan Boren (D) and former Gov. Frank Keating (R) were considered possible candidates. Now that he is running, none of them are expected to run.

Coburn has pledged to serve no more than two terms, meaning the seat will be open in 2016.