- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 11, 2017

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The race for a vacant House seat in the Seminole area is drawing a crowded field of candidates.

Ten candidates filed for the House District 28 seat ahead of Wednesday’s deadline - five Democrats, four Republicans and a Libertarian.

They’re seeking to replace Republican Tom Newell, who resigned from office a month after being elected in November to take a job with a conservative think-tank.

The district includes Seminole County and northern Pottawatomie County, including Bowlegs, Konawa, Sasakwa, Seminole and Wewoka.

The special primary election will be held on March 7 and a special general election is set for May 9. There is no primary runoff.

Although Newell is Republican, registered Democrats outnumber Republicans in the district and the seat was previously held by a Democrat.

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