Oklahoma City to host Republican presidential candidates
by Randy Ellis

Nearly a dozen Republican presidential candidates will converge on Oklahoma in two weeks when the Southern Republican Leadership Conference comes to Oklahoma City.

There will be American business leaders, too, like T. Boone Pickens, a Texas energy industry entrepreneur and Oklahoma State University benefactor, who is planning to celebrate his 87th birthday at the conference, officials said.

“This is definitely a historic political event,” said Estela Hernandez, state vice chairperson for the Oklahoma Republican Party. “The eyes of the world will be on our state.”

The three-day event will be May 21-23 at the Cox Convention Center and downtown Renaissance Oklahoma City Convention Center Hotel. About 900 have registered for the event, and between 1,000 and 2,000 people are expected to attend, state Republican officials said.

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