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  Oklahoma state Sen. Andrew Rice announces resignation from Senate
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Last EditedRBH  Oct 27, 2011 12:50am
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AuthorMichael McNutt
News DateTuesday, October 18, 2011 06:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionSenate Minority Leader Andrew Rice, who tried to unseat U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, three years ago, is resigning because he and his family are moving out of state.

Shortly after Rice, D-Oklahoma City, made his announcement Tuesday, state Rep. Al McAffrey said he would seek Rice's Senate District 46 seat. His House of Representatives district is in Rice's Senate district.

McAffrey, D-Oklahoma City, said he is ready to take his “common-sense approach” to the Senate.

Rice is supporting McAffrey.

A special election to fill Rice's seat will be next year.

Rice, 37, said he is resigning to move to Nashville, Tenn., where his wife, Apple, a doctor, has accepted a position.
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