Republican Stitt wins Oklahoma governor's race

Republican Stitt wins Oklahoma governor's race
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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 TrumpDemocrat calls on White House to withdraw ambassador to Belarus nominee TikTok collected data from mobile devices to track Android users: report Peterson wins Minnesota House primary in crucial swing district 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. 

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

Stitt was boosted by the support of major Republican Party figures, including Trump and Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzRussian news agency pushed video of Portland protestors burning a Bible: report After trillions in tax cuts for the rich, Republicans refuse to help struggling Americans Davis: The Hall of Shame for GOP senators who remain silent on Donald Trump MORE (Texas).

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