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(NEWSER)– An 81-year-old Democrat in the race for a US House seat in eastern Oklahoma has died from injuries he sustained in a car accident, police say.

Earl Emmitt Everett, a retired schoolteacher and Korean War veteran, died at a Tulsa hospital yesterday. He had been in a two-car accident Friday afternoon in Fort Gibson. Everett was a decided underdog in his race against first-term Republican US Rep. Markwayne Mullin for the 2nd District seat that stretches across 26 eastern Oklahoma counties.

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