OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The longtime governor of one of the state's most powerful Native American tribes says he has no plans to run for Oklahoma's open U.S. Senate seat this year.
Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby released a statement Monday that said while he's honored to be mentioned as a potential candidate, he doesn't intend to run. Anoatubby says he hopes to continue in his role as head of the tribe "if it is the will of the Chickasaw people."
Anoatubby has been governor of the tribe since 1987.
U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn announced last week that he was foregoing the last two years of his term amid another battle against cancer.
Republican U.S. Rep. James Lankford said Monday he planned to run for the seat.
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