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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 TrumpBiden says GOP senators have called to congratulate him Biden: Trump attending inauguration is 'of consequence' to the country Biden says family will avoid business conflicts 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 CruzSenate committee approves nominations of three FEC commissioners Cruz urges Supreme Court to take up Pennsylvania election challenge OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Trump administration proceeds with rollback of bird protections despite objections | Trump banking proposal on fossil fuels sparks backlash from libertarians | EU 2019 greenhouse gas emissions down 24 percent MORE (Texas).

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