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May 22, 2009

Watts not running for governor of Oklahoma

Former Oklahoma Congressman J.C. Watts, one of the most prominent Republicans when he served in the House, will not be running for the state’s governorship next year
"I have observed with great interest and pride the progress my state is making under the bold and innovative leadership of the state Legislature. Nothing would give me greater joy and satisfaction than to go work with these leaders to grow and prosper Oklahoma," Watts said in a statement.

"However, my current business and contractual obligations create hurdles that I cannot overcome at this time."

With Watts out of the race, Rep. Mary Fallin (R-Okla.) now is the front-runner for the Republican nomination to succeed term-limited Gov. Brad Henry (D). She served as the state’s lieutenant governor before winning a House seat in 2006.