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U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren endorses Abby Broyles for Senate

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren endorses Abby Broyles for Senate

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Democratic Senate nominee Abby Broyles records a video at a commercial shoot for U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe on Aug. 22. Broyles was attempting to talk to Inhofe in order to set up a debate between the candidates.

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, an Oklahoma native who frequently butts heads with Sen. Jim Inhofe, has endorsed Abby Broyles, Inhofe’s Democratic opponent in the Nov. 3 general election.

Broyles’ campaign announced the endorsement Tuesday.

“Abby and I have quite a bit in common,” Warren said in a statement released by Broyles. “We are both born and raised Oklahoma women who put ourselves through law school and have fought for accountability and transparency. I know she’ll carry that same determination and grit into the United States Senate.”

Inhofe’s campaign then mocked the endorsement, saying he would be happy to publicize it himself.

“If Abby Broyles believes Sen. Warren’s endorsement is something Oklahomans value, the Inhofe campaign would happily cut an ad helping her share the news,” said Evan Handy, Inhofe’s campaign manager. “Abby would make a great senator for Massachusetts. This endorsement proves she doesn’t represent Oklahoma values.”

Broyles, 30, is a heavy underdog against the 85-year-old Inhofe, who is seeking a fifth full term in the Senate and entered Congress four years before Broyles was born.

Warren was born and raised in the Oklahoma City area but has not lived in the state since high school. She finished fourth in March’s Oklahoma Democratic presidential primary.

Known for her consumer advocacy, particularly in financial affairs, and her direct manner, Warren seems to be a frequent irritant to Inhofe.

“I’m proud to receive Senator Warren’s support,” Broyles said in a written statement. “Her focus on protecting health care is vital for Oklahoma’s families. I know we’ll work together in the Senate for what’s best for Oklahoma and the country, because when you want something done, you send Oklahoma women.”

Video: Abby Broyles challenges Inhofe to 25 debates

Gallery: Jim Inhofe’s political career

Randy Krehbiel

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randy.krehbiel@tulsaworld.com

Twitter: @rkrehbiel

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