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J.C. Watts Considering Race For Governor

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Former Congressman J.C. Watts [file photo] Former Congressman J.C. Watts [file photo]

Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- An unannounced visit to the state Capitol by former Republican Rep. J.C. Watts on Monday has state lawmakers talking about the possibility he could be setting the stage to run for governor.

Watts surprised a delegation of the Tulsa Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce last week by saying he is considering the race.

Republican Rep. Mary Fallin of the 5th Congressional District has said she is running for the post. Lt. Gov. Jari Askins has announced on the Democratic side, and Attorney General Drew Edmondson also has been campaigning, but has not officially announced.

Rep. T.W. Shannon of Lawton, a former aide to Watts, said Watts just chuckled on Monday when asked if he is running and gave no indication one way or another.

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