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Barry Switzer endorses Brad Carson for US Senate

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ State Republican Party officials are downplaying former Oklahoma football coach Barry Switzer's endorsement of Democrat Brad Carson.

State GOP chairman Gary Jones says the backing was expected but won't have a great impact.

Switzer endorsed Carson Thursday, calling him a good Oklahoma conservative who will work with both political parties to make Oklahoma better.

Switzer's support was considered a key factor in the victory of Democrat Brad Henry in the 2002 governor's race.

At the Capitol, some Republican officeholders say a Carson ad criticizing opponent Tom Coburn over his vote on federal aid for May third, 1999, tornado victims is a distortion and exploitation of a tragedy.
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