- Associated Press - Friday, February 21, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A Democratic state senator from Oklahoma City who has been a longtime liberal voice in the upper chamber says she’s forming an exploratory committee for a possible run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Tom Coburn.

Sen. Connie Johnson says she’s had a number of conversations about a U.S. Senate bid and that fellow Oklahomans have “responded positively.” Johnson said she will announce her decision early next month. She would have to give up her state Senate seat in order to run.

Johnson has been a longtime supporter of abortion rights in the Senate who has become a hero among the pro-marijuana movement for her efforts to decriminalize the use of cannabis.

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