OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ A Tulsa Democrat who was among the 10 people seeking to replace 1st District Congressman Steve Largent has dropped out of the race.
John Krymski, 81, asked the state Election Board secretary on Friday to remove his name from the list of candidates and keep his name off the ballot.
Krymski's exit leaves two Democrats, five Republicans and two independents vying to succeed Largent, R-Okla., who is leaving Congress to run for governor in 2002.
The remaining Democrats are former Tulsa School Board member Doug Dodd, 52, and James Lamkin, 80, of Bixby.
The Republicans are George Banasky, 71, of Tulsa; state Sen. Scott Pruitt, 33, of Broken Arrow; state Rep. John Sullivan, 36, of Tulsa; first lady Cathy Keating, 51; and Tulsa librarian Evelyn Rogers, 49.
Two independents, Neil Mavis, 39, and David Fares, 38, both of Tulsa, are also in the race.
The primary for the special election is December 11th.