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Stitt beats Edmondson in Oklahoma governor's race

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Oklahoma gubernatorial candidates Democrat Drew Edmondson (D), left, and Kevin Stitt (R). (Courtesy) Oklahoma gubernatorial candidates Democrat Drew Edmondson (D), left, and Kevin Stitt (R). (Courtesy)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Political newcomer Kevin Stitt has won the election for Oklahoma governor, continuing the Republican party's stronghold on the conservative state's government.

Stitt defeated Democrat and former state attorney general Drew Edmondson in the open race to replace term-limited GOP Gov. Mary Fallin.

The 46-year-old Stitt. who founded Gateway Mortgage Group, cast himself as a businessman outsider in the mold of President Donald Trump.

Stitt boosted his campaign with millions in personal loans.

LIVE VOTE UPDATE

Republicans maintained their hold on Oklahoma government from the state to the federal levels in the midterm elections, save for one bright spot for Democrats.

Democrat Kendra Horn upset incumbent Republican Steve Russell Tuesday in the Oklahoma City-based District 5 race. Republicans will represent Oklahoma's four other congressional seats in Washington.

Only a handful of the nearly 50 teachers on the ballot were successful in their races for state legislative seats, but there will still be more educators in the Legislature.

Three Democratic incumbents, including House Minority Leader Rep. Steve Kouplen of Beggs, were defeated.

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