Former GOP Rep. J.C. Watts endorses Democrat in Oklahoma governor’s race 

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Former Republican Rep. J.C. Watts (Okla.) has bucked his party to endorse Democrat Joy Hofmeister in her challenge to Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt (R).  

“I was a Republican then, and I’m a Republican now, and, friends, I’m voting for Joy Hofmeister,” Watts says in a new ad.  

“All this scandal and corruption is just too much. Joy is a woman of faith and integrity. She’ll always put Oklahoma first. I know Joy personally, and I trust her, and you can too,” the former Oklahoma congressman said.  

Hofmeister was elected Oklahoma’s superintendent of public instruction twice as a Republican but swapped parties to register as a Democrat last year before mounting her gubernatorial campaign. 

“Conservatives like Congressman Watts see Stitt’s lies about me for what they are — a desperate attempt to maintain power,” Hofmeister wrote on Twitter, sharing the ad. 

The Oklahoma gubernatorial contest has proved a much closer race than expected.

If she wins the governorship, Hofmeister would be the Sooner State’s first Democratic governor elected since 2006.

Tags 2022 Governors Democrat J.C. watts Kevin Stitt Oklahoma Oklahoma OKlahoma governor's race Republican

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