STROUD, Okla. (AP) - The way Lt. Gov. Jari Askins and Attorney
General Drew Edmondson greet each other with a smile and a friendly
hug on the campaign trail, it's difficult to tell the two are in a
tight race for the Democratic nomination in Oklahoma governor's
But the two Democratic heavyweights with lengthy resumes of
political success are abandoning relatively safe seats in an effort
to become the nominee to replace term-limited Democratic Gov. Brad
The race has been cordial so far and both say they hope it stays
that way until the July 27 primary election.
The winner will face the winner of the GOP race between U.S.
Rep. Mary Fallin, state Sen. Randy Brogdon and Oklahoma City
businessmen Roger Jackson and Robert Hubbard.