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Senate Redistricting Plan Awaits Full Vote (May 12, 2011)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A plan to redraw the state's 48 Senate districts that has rankled some Democrats is now heading to the full Senate for a vote.

The Senate proposal was approved Thursday in a House committee.

Democrats have complained about the Senate hiring a GOP political consultant to help redraw Senate lines, resulting in a plan that forced two incumbent Democrats into districts with two incumbent Republicans.

Democratic Sen. Tom Adelson of Tulsa says he plans to run against incumbent Republican Sen. Brian Crain of Tulsa.

And in western Oklahoma, the district of Democratic Sen. Tom Ivester of Elk City was moved east to include the residence of Republican Sen. Rob Johnson of Kingfisher. But Johnson said Thursday he plans to move into his new district and not run against Ivester.

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