Republican Stitt wins Oklahoma governor's race

Businessman Kevin Stitt (R) defeated Drew Edmondson (D) to win Oklahoma’s gubernatorial race on Tuesday.

Stitt will be in public office for the first time, replacing term-limited Gov. Mary Fallin (R).

Despite electing President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE by a 36 point margin in 2016, Oklahoma has a history of electing conservative Democrats to the governor’s mansion. Since 1971, five of the state’s eight governors have been Democrats. 


This year’s race was also a close fight, with polls showing Stitt with only a single digit lead ahead of the vote.

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Stitt was boosted by the support of major Republican Party figures, including Trump and Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote The Hill’s Morning Report – Trump’s public standing sags after Floyd protests GOP senators introduce resolution opposing calls to defund the police MORE (Texas).

Stitt had defeated Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett in a run-off to secure the GOP nomination.



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