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Okla. Bombing Theorist Loses Bid

September 16, 1998

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ A veteran state representative leading a private investigation into the Oklahoma City bombing lost his re-election bid Tuesday to a fellow Republican who called the race a referendum on conspiracy theories about the blast.

With every precinct reporting, John Nance had 797 votes, or 55 percent, while state Rep. Charles Key had 644 votes, or 45 percent.

Nance said he was asked to run by bombing survivors and victims’ relatives who disagree with Key’s theories of a larger conspiracy and a government cover-up in the April 1995 bombing, which killed 168 people.

``These people have suffered greater than anything I have suffered in the campaign,″ Nance said. ``I could not look them in the eye and say I wouldn’t help.″

Key, who was seeking a seventh two-year term, did not return phone calls seeking comment.

Nance, a retired Internal Revenue Service investigator, accused Key of neglecting his legislative duties while heading a privately funded investigation into the bombing. Key also called for an Oklahoma County grand jury investigation of the bombing.

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