Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Oklahoma Republicans Increase Ranks in Historic Election

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Oklahoma Republicans Increase Ranks in Historic Election

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More than a million state voters went to the polls Tuesday, choosing a Republican governor, a full slate of GOP secondary offices and adding large Republican majorities to the state Legislature.

The election is considered one for the history books.

With all the state's 2,229 precincts reporting, the race for the governor's seat drew the most voters, data from the state Election Board shows. According to unofficial results, Republican Mary Fallin captured 625,433 votes while Democrat Jari Askins earned 409,206 - about a 60- to 40-percent split.

That margin was even greater in some state races, with conservatives like incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. John Sullivan capturing more than 76 percent of the vote in Tulsa.

Wednesday morning, Fallin said she was humbled by the results.

"It is a privilege and an honor to be elected to serve as our next governor," she said. "I am deeply humbled and grateful to the people of Oklahoma for choosing me to lead this state during such an important time in our history."

Fallin said she would focus on "creating jobs and bringing more opportunities to the state."

"Throughout this campaign, I spoke to thousands of Oklahomans about their concerns and hopes for the future," she said. "Almost all of them told me that we need a governor who will focus on creating jobs and bringing more opportunities to the state, who will get government spending under control and who will stand up to Washington when it tries to implement policies that will destroy jobs or hurt the economy. That is the kind of governor that I will be. It is my firm belief that, working together, we can get Oklahoma's economy back on track and build a better, brighter future for our state. I am excited to roll up my sleeves and get to work for the people of Oklahoma and honored to have the opportunity to serve as our next governor."

Political analysts said Fallin's victory was the result of her personal connection with voters and a spirited, well-run campaign.

"I think Oklahomans knew who Mary Fallin was," said Republican pollster Pat McFerron. …

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