Oklahoma: Coburn to Announce 2010 Plans in June

Posted May 20, 2009 at 6:30pm

The lingering question of whether Sen. Tom Coburn (R) will seek re-election in 2010 will be answered after the Memorial Day recess.

According to the Tulsa World, Coburn told a group of conservatives during an appearance in New York this week that he would make his intentions known June 1.

GOP sources said Wednesday that Coburn hasn’t given any indication to his fellow Senators that he’s leaning toward a possible retirement, and most insiders expect him to run again.

Coburn, who will be 62 in 2010, raised just $17,000 in the first quarter of 2009 and reported just $57,000 on hand at the end of March. But the first-term Senator isn’t expected to have too much difficulty if he runs again.

A poll released this week by the Democratic firm Public Policy Polling found that Coburn had a 59 percent approval rating. Coburn also was ahead in hypothetical matchups against Gov. Brad Henry (D) and Rep. Dan Boren (D), the poll showed.