Bridenstine’s office sent the official announcement Wednesday morning saying;
“Since Doctor Tom Coburn’s retirement announcement, I have been honored and overwhelmed by encouragement to succeed him as Oklahoma’s senator.
After giving this matter serious consideration and prayer, my family and I have decided I will not to run in the special election to complete Dr. Coburn’s term.
I would like to thank my faithful supporters who have provided so much encouragement. Their extraordinary outpouring of support strengthens my resolve to continue our efforts in the U.S. House of Representatives.”
Republican Congressman James Lankford and Oklahoma Speaker of the House T.W. Shannon have already thrown their hat into the ring.
Coburn announced two weeks ago he will retire at the end of the year, before his term is officially up.