CN citizens Stitt, Mullin win races

BY STAFF REPORTS
11/07/2018 11:00 AM
Main Cherokee Phoenix
Oklahoma Republican Governor-Elect Kevin Stitt speaks to his supporters during a Nov. 6 watch party in Oklahoma City. The Cherokee Nation citizen defeated two other opponents for the governorship. ALONZO ADAMS/ASSOCIATED PRESS
OKLAHOMA CITY — Cherokee Nation citizens and Republicans Kevin Stitt and Markwayne Mullin won their respective races for governor and U.S. representative during the Nov. 6 election.

Stitt took 643,987 votes for 54.3 percent, while former Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson got 42.2 percent with 500,430 votes. Libertarian Chris Powell garnered 40,760 votes for 3.4 percent of the votes.

“Oklahoma has all the resources we need to be a top-10 state, and I am ready to lead us there with your help,” Stitt said during a victory speech at the Chevy Bricktown Events Center. “ ... Our state has been through a difficult few years. These hardships did not evolve overnight; they were decades in the making. But it’s time to end this cycle.”

With more than 1.1 million votes cast, the Stitt-Edmondson race was an all-time record for a gubernatorial election. Stitt’s 643,987 votes were the most ever for a gubernatorial candidate, surpassing Gov. Mary Fallin’s total of 625,506 in 2010.

“I haven’t looked at any of the numbers yet to see what our margin of victory was, but it just shows you people are ready for change, and people are ready for an outsider, a fresh approach,” Stitt said. “They’re tired of politics as usual and we’re going to end that as governor. So I’m so excited to lead us.”

Stitt won 73 of the state’s 77 counties, winning by a majority in 71 counties and a plurality in two others: Comanche and Payne.

Mullin, who retained his U.S. House of Representative seat, faced his strongest opposition since his election in 2012. He received nearly two-thirds of the vote against Democrat and fellow CN citizen Jason Nichols and two other candidates.

Mullin garnered 140,305 votes for 65 percent of the vote, while Nichols got 64,958 votes for 30.1 percent.

Mullin will begin his fourth term as the U.S. Representative after announcing his decision to run for re-election in 2017.

– The Associated Press contributed to the report.

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