Gov. Mary Fallin confirmed Friday that the special election to replace U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn will coincide with this year’s regular election schedule. Coburn announced last night that he is resigning effective the end of the current session in December. Two years remain on Coburn’s term. Under state law, a vacancy such as the one occurring because of Coburn’s resignation requires the governor to declare a special election to fill out the remainder of the term, with the election to run concurrently with the regular election.
The election dates will include a June 24 primary, a potential runoff election on Aug. 26, and a general election on Nov. 4.
Unlike in some states, Oklahoma law does not allow for the appointment of a replacement member of Congress, except in a few unusual, short-term circumstances. No appointment is expected in this case.