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GOP favorite in US House race once the underdog

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Republican Jim Bridenstine says he's taking nothing for granted as he winds down his campaign for Oklahoma's 1st Congressional District, even though his party has held the seat since 1986.

Bridenstine is a tea party-backed political newcomer who faces Democrat John Olson and independent Craig Allen in the Nov. 6 election.

Some voters in the northeastern Oklahoma district thought Bridenstine would probably lose to five-term incumbent U.S. Rep. John Sullivan in the GOP primary in June before Bridenstine pulled off an upset of the longtime congressman.

The role of underdog is now claimed by Olson, who is running on a platform emphasizing bipartisanship and transparency.

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