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5:07 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Oklahoma 1st District Candidates Meet in Forum

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The two Republicans squaring off for the nomination to represent Oklahoma's 1st Congressional District have met for their first and likely last political forum ahead of the June 26 primary.

Five-term U.S. Rep. John Sullivan's campaign has been met with stout resistance from Navy pilot Jim Bridenstine, who says Sullivan's held the office representing northeastern Oklahoma and the city of Tulsa for too long.

The two spent about an hour Tuesday afternoon convincing an overflow crowd at a south Tulsa hotel of their conservative credentials.

The forum, sponsored by the Republican Women's Club of Tulsa County, lacked the electricity of their debate on local radio last week, where both men constantly fought and traded barbs, prompting the host to pull the plug on both candidates' microphones.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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