Askins Wants Clean Fight

Oklahoma City, OK – Askins hopes race for Okla governor stays cordial

STROUD, Okla. (AP) The race for the Democratic nomination for Oklahoma governor between Lt. Gov. Jari Askins and Attorney General Drew Edmondson has remained cordial so far, but there's no guarantee it will stay that way.

During a campaign event Saturday in Stroud, Askins said she hopes the contest stays friendly, but made no promises.

She says every campaign reaches a stage where it's important to draw comparisons between the candidates.

And she says if her record is ever misrepresented, "I will defend myself."

Askins fought a bitter and expensive race for lieutenant governor four years ago against former Republican House Speaker Todd Hiett.

Edmondson and Askins both are vying to replace term-limited Democratic Gov. Brad Henry, who cannot seek a third term.

The primary election is July 27.

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