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  J.C. Watts tells group he might run for Oklahoma governor
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Last EditedCraverguy  Mar 03, 2009 05:01pm
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News DateTuesday, March 3, 2009 11:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionAn unannounced visit to the state Capitol by former Republican Rep. J.C. Watts has lawmakers talking about the possibility he could be setting the stage to run for governor.

Watts, who came to the Capitol Monday, surprised a delegation of the Metropolitan Tulsa Chamber of Commerce last week by saying he is considering the race and will make a decision in 45 days.

Republican Rep. Mary Fallin of the 5th Congressional District has said she is running for the post, making the announcement at a meeting of Oklahoma County Democrats last Saturday.

Lt. Gov. Jari Askins has jumped into the race on the Democratic side, and Attorney General Drew Edmondson also has been campaigning, but has not officially announced.

On Monday, Fallin said one of the reasons for her early announcement was the need to get an early start on fundraising.

Watts gave no reason for his visit to the Capitol the same day, other than that he wanted to make some courtesy calls.
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