Coburn to run for reelection

Sen. Tom CoburnThomas (Tom) Allen CoburnThe Hill's Morning Report — Presented by PhRMA — Worries grow about political violence as midterms approach President Trump’s war on federal waste American patients face too many hurdles in regard to health-care access MORE (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 party’s 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.

He ended that speculation Monday morning, announcing he would seek a second and final term in the Senate.

“We can either do what we’ve been doing — borrow without limit and spend without restraint — and pass on crushing debt, a lower standard of living and less freedom to the next generation,” he said, according to The Oklahoman. “Or we can restore the common-sense principles that made our country — limited government, individual liberty and personal responsibility.”

Coburn defeated Rep. Brad Carson (D-Okla.) 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 McCainJohn Sidney McCainClimate change is a GOP issue, too It's Joe Biden's 2020 presidential nomination to lose Meghan McCain on Pelosi-Trump feud: 'Put this crap aside' and 'work together for America' MORE (Ariz.) 65-35. Coburn is expected to win reelection easily.

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 is expected to run.

Henry and Boren both polled neck and neck with potential GOP nominees in an open-seat scenario, while Coburn led each of them by double digits in a head-to-head match-up.

Coburn has pledged to serve no more than two terms, and he reiterated that pledge in a Twitter message Monday, saying, “I am seeking a second/final term in the Senate.”