OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Former Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating says he won't run for the open U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Tom Coburn.
The 69-year-old Republican released a statement Monday saying he wants to continue serving as president and chief executive officer of the Washington, D.C.-based American Bankers Association. Keating acknowledged he had discussed the possibility of running for Senate with his family and supporters.
Keating described Coburn as a "friend who has done a superb job in the U.S. Senate."
Coburn announced he would forego the final two years of his term, creating the state's first open U.S. Senate seat since 2004. Two-term Republican U.S. Rep. James Lankford already has announced plans to run, and House Speaker T.W. Shannon and U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine of Tulsa are considering the race.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.