With Boren's surprise exit, the seat immediately became a top pick-up opportunity for Republicans who, despite the district's sharp GOP lean, had been unable to take on the popular Boren in recent years. With a familiar face in the race, Democrats had hoped they could have a chance to hold onto the seat.
But Democrats still have a candidate taking a serious look at the race. Former state Sen. Kenneth Corn had also said immediately after Boren's announcement that he was mulling a run. Corn, who was the party's nominee for lieutenant governor in 2010, told Hotline On Call today he was surprised by Carson's decision not to run, but that he's still likely to enter the contest and spoke with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee about a possible run a week and a half ago.
"[Carson] was a good congressman I know he would have been a formidable opponent. I wish him well in whatever he does," said Corn. "I am still very likely to enter the race for Congress. We have been busy talking with family, friends and supporters. Nothing has changed there, and we are still proceeding."
Republican state Rep. George Faught has already formed an exploratory committee for the seat, and state Sen. Josh Brecheen has been mentioned as another possible GOP contender.