TULSA – Oklahoma has officially elected a new governor, new constitutional officers, and a new member of Congress to represent parts of Green Country. All in all, it was a big night for the Republican party as its’ candidates had a big showing in key races across the state.
In the final unofficial vote totals, Tulsa businessman Kevin Stitt defeated former Attorney General Drew Edmondson in the Governor’s race with 54% of the vote, compared to Edmondson’s 41% and Libertarian candidate Chris Powell’s 5% of the tally.
The Governor-elect told supporters at his campaign watch party that Oklahoma had plenty of resources to be a top performing state, and he was ready to usher in new change for every corner of the state.
“Our state has been through a difficult few years. These hardships did not evolve overnight; they were decades in the making,” Stitt said in his acceptance speech. “But it’s time to end this cycle.”
According to initial reports, Stitt gained the highest number of votes ever cast for a gubernatorial candidate.
Hern Captures Congressional Seat By Large Margin
Tulsa businessman Kevin Hern will be the next United States Representative in House District 1, defeating attorney Tim Gilpin with 59% of the general election vote. The Republican will replace current NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine who resigned the seat in order to accept President Trump’s appointment earlier this year.
“I am deeply appreciative of your support in this election, and I’m ready to go to Congress to fight for you and our district.” Hern said in a message thanking voters via his social media channel. “Let’s get to work!”
An Arkansas native, Hern built his fortune with several successful ventures including his ownership of a number of McDonalds’ franchises in the Tulsa area, and a significant investment in Muskogee based Firstar Bank.
Owasso’s Caputo Unseated By Tulsa Attorney
There will be a new district judge following resounding support for a Tulsa attorney in her bid to unseat longtime local Judge Jim Caputo. Tracy Priddy, currently an associate with the Steadley Neal firm, garnered some 60% of the vote in her race.
The change comes in the subsequent weeks following accusations that Caputo was a customer at an establishment that was targeted in a prostitution investigation.
Caputo has maintained his innocence, even implying that some of the finger pointing could be politically motivated.
“It would appear to be no coincidence that such unfounded accusations are made less than three weeks before Election Day.” Caputo told The Oklahoman in an phone interview in October.
No formal charge have been filed against him.
McCoy Elected Rogers County Associate Judge
Kassie McCoy will be the new Associate Judge in Rogers County following her victory over Claremore attorney Stanton Harrell in last night’s race. The Miami native captured 52% of the vote in the race.
The judicial position mainly oversees felony dockets in the county.
McCoy is an attorney with the Taylor Foster Mallett Downs Ramsey and Russell law firm, and has also served as the city attorney for the Chelsea community.