November 28, 2022

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma’s Republican Governor Kevin Stitt withheld his clichéd challenge for re-election on Tuesday and lost despite advertising a multi-million dollar attack on Democrat Joy Hofmeister.

Stitt, 49, was helped in part by a late advertising injection by the Republican Association of Governors, which linked Hofmeister with President Joe Biden, who lost all 77 counties in the state in the 2020 presidential election and remained unpopular in the state. The ad also criticized Hofmeister, the state’s public school superintendent, who changed parties to run against Stitt, for supporting a series of tax increases in 2018 to fund teacher salaries increases.

Passionate Stitt told supporters at the Oklahoma City Clock Party: “The American dream is alive and well in the great state of Oklahoma.” “The Oklahomans made it clear that they are proud of how far they have come today.

“We will sustain this momentum for another four years.”

The 58-year-old Hofmeister denounced Stitt in the campaign path for a voucher-style scheme to divert public education money to private schools.

But Stitt, owner of a wealthy mortgage company, who has spent nearly $2 million in his own money campaigning in the last few weeks, told voters he’s delivering on a promise he made four years ago to improve the state’s low ranking in many qualities. life indicator. Loans to his campaign increased his total fundraising to over $10 million, more than three times the $3.1 million Hofmeister raised.

He boasted record levels of state savings, funding for public schools under his watch, and the state’s rapid rise from epidemic-related closures that helped the economy recover quickly and keep the state’s unemployment rate low.

“The conversion you made me choose works for,” he told a crowd of more than 300 who gathered at Crossroads Megachurch, south of Oklahoma City, for a rally last week with Senator Ted Cruz of Texas. A separate rally was held in Tulsa with Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin.

Jessica Perez, 46, voted for Stitt at Oklahoma Christian University on Tuesday and said his manager was attractive to her during the pandemic.

“It didn’t make sense to me that I could go to Home Depot, but I couldn’t go to church,” Perez said. “I believe he is a capable leader. He does what he says he will do.”

Stitt also survived a barrage of blatantly attacked advertisements by a dark-funded group that didn’t have to report donors and spent millions of dollars ruining his school voucher scheme by an elementary in June. Other advertisements highlighted the mass release of prisoners and a series of scandals from his administration, including a lucrative no-bid contract with a barbecue restaurant, an epidemic relief fund misused for education, and a plan to build a new national mansion.

The tacit attacks on Stitt and other media that support Hofmeister followed Stitt’s ongoing feud with many of the 39 federally recognized Native American tribes.

“This campaign has always been about more than partisan politics,” Hoffmeister told supporters at the Watch Party in Oklahoma City after conceding the election to Steet. “It was about the landlord. It was about home. It was about defending the right. It was the Oklahoma team first.”

Independent Oklahoma City anesthesiologist and former Republican State Senator Ervin Yen and Liberal Edmond’s Natalie Bruno also ran for governor. ___

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