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Oklahoman to yield seat in House, run for governor

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Republican Rep. Steve Largent, who helped change the balance of power in Congress in 1994, might do so again — this time by stepping down to run for governor.

A special general election is scheduled Tuesday to name the former football star's replacement for the 1st Congressional District. The race pits Democrat Doug Dodd and Republican state Rep. John Sullivan.

With Republicans holding a slim 222-211 edge in the U.S. House, every seat is important for Democrats trying to regain a majority lost during the Republican takeover eight years ago.

Largent, who won the seat in 1994, decided to resign Feb. 15 to run for governor. Term limits prevent Gov. Frank Keating from seeking a third term.