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Navy Pilot Upsets 5-term Okla. Congressman (Jun 27, 2012)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The former director of a Tulsa space museum shocked a five-term incumbent congressman in a Republican primary by criticizing him as not conservative enough for Oklahoma.

Thirty-six-year-old Jim Bridenstine also attacked U.S. Rep. John Sullivan for a high absentee rate that Sullivan blamed on his treatment for alcoholism and the death of a child.

Fueled by tea party support, Bridenstine painted Sullivan as a career politician whose votes during 10 years in Washington were no longer appropriate in a place considered the reddest of the red states after President Barack Obama failed to win a single county here in 2008.

In a statement Tuesday night, Sullivan accepted defeat and said he would work to turn Obama from office in the fall.

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