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Johnson, Rogers in Runoff for Democratic Nomination for Senate Seat

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A state senator from Oklahoma City and a perennial candidate from Midwest City have advanced to a Democratic runoff in the race for Oklahoma's open U.S. Senate seat.

State Sen. Connie Johnson will face Jim Rogers in an Aug. 26 primary runoff to determine which Democrat advances to November's general election to face Rep. James Lankford in the race to replace retiring Republican Sen. Tom Coburn.

The 62-year-old Johnson has been a leading progressive voice in the Republican-controlled Senate, pushing for abortion rights and becoming a hero to the pro-marijuana movement for her efforts to ease restrictions on the drug.

But the 79-year-old Rogers has become a familiar name to Democrats in Oklahoma, since he has run for office every cycle during the last decade, including president and U.S. Senate.

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