Toby Keith to perform at Oklahoma governor’s inauguration
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Country music star and Oklahoma native Toby Keith will be among the performers at a series of events marking the inauguration of incoming Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt.
The three inaugural events will take place between Jan. 10 and Jan. 14 in Lawton, Oklahoma City and Tulsa. Stitt announced Tuesday that Keith would be performing at the Oklahoma City inaugural ball on Jan. 14.
VoteCast: Oklahoma voters say nation headed right way
A majority of voters casting midterm election ballots in Oklahoma said the country is headed in the right direction, according to a wide-ranging survey of the American electorate.
As voters cast ballots for governor and members of Congress in Tuesday's elections, AP VoteCast found that 60 percent of Oklahoma voters said the country is on the right track, compared with 40 percent who said the country is headed in the wrong direction.
GOP businessman Kevin Stitt wins Oklahoma governor’s race
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Republican mortgage company owner Kevin Stitt leveraged his status as a businessman outsider to knock off a former four-term Democratic attorney general in the race for Oklahoma governor on Tuesday.
Stitt, 46, a political newcomer who poured nearly $5 million of his own money into the race, managed to keep the state solidly in Republican hands and snuff out Democrats' best hopes for wresting control.
Democrat Edmondson threatens GOP dominance in Oklahoma
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Republicans seized control of every statewide elected office in the 2010 midterm election, and they've maintained their dominance ever since.
But in a state Republicans like to boast is the "reddest of the red," 72-year-old Democrat Drew Edmondson is threatening to break the GOP stranglehold and win back the governor's mansion after eight years under Republican Gov. Mary Fallin, who has reached her term limit.
Early voting underway in Oklahoma for midterm elections
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Early voting is underway with Oklahoma set to make midterm election picks in open congressional and gubernatorial races.
Voters can cast early ballots at county election board offices where they are registered from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Early voting in Oklahoma starts Thursday for midterms
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The big day isn't until next week for the midterm elections, but Oklahoma voters can get an early start.
Early voting in Oklahoma runs Thursday through Saturday. Voters can cast ballots at county election board offices where they are registered from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Stitt tops $10.2M in race governor’s race; Edmondson has $4M
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The latest campaign finance reports show mortgage company owner Kevin Stitt has raised more than twice as much as his Democratic opponent in the Oklahoma governor's race, aided in part by nearly $5 million in personal loans to his campaign.
Stitt's report shows he's raised $10.2 million so far in his race against former state Attorney General Drew Edmondson, who reported raising about $4 million.
Oklahoma students moderate gubernatorial debate
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — High school students in Oklahoma have organized and moderated a gubernatorial debate in hopes of getting other students interested in politics.
Democratic candidate Drew Edmondson and his Republican opponent Kevin Stitt answered students' questions Thursday at Oklahoma City Community College. Three high school students moderated the panel and asked the candidates about health care, education, prison reform, medical cannabis and the economy.
Candidates for governor in red Oklahoma face off at forum
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Democrat trying to capture the governor's seat in Oklahoma said Monday his government experience is a benefit, but he also quickly pointed out that it's been eight years since he's held office in the red state where a dozen incumbents have already lost primary elections this year.
Counties complete count of votes in Oklahoma primary runoff
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Election officials in Oklahoma's 77 counties have completed counting the votes in the Tuesday primary runoff election.
Officials on Friday considered nearly 400 provisional votes that were cast, finding about half are from eligible voters.
The still unofficial results show Kevin Stitt received 54.5 percent of the vote to defeat Mick Cornett for the Republican nomination for governor. Stitt faces Democrat Drew Edmondson in the November general election.
Trump endorses GOP candidate for Oklahoma governor
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — President Donald Trump is weighing in on Oklahoma's governor's race, giving his "complete and total Endorsement!" to Tulsa businessman Kevin Stitt, who won the state's GOP primary on Tuesday.
Trump tweeted his endorsement Thursday, saying Stitt is strong on crime and borders, the Second Amendment and "loves our Military & Vets."
Tulsa businessman wins GOP nod in race for Oklahoma governor
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Tulsa mortgage company owner won the GOP nomination in the race to become Oklahoma's next governor, setting up a November contest in which education will undoubtedly be a top issue.
Mortgage company head wins GOP primary for Oklahoma governor
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Tulsa mortgage company owner Kevin Stitt, who criticized his opponent as being inadequately supportive of President Donald Trump, won the Republican nomination Tuesday in the race to become Oklahoma's next governor.
The 45-year-old owner of Gateway Mortgage Group defeated former Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett and advanced to face Democrat Drew Edmondson and Libertarian Chris Powell in November.
Oklahoma gubernatorial field weighs in on medical marijuana
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's Republican gubernatorial candidates have mostly avoided taking a clear stance on whether the state should legalize medical marijuana, though both Democratic candidates support the policy change.
Campaign cash pouring in for 2018 Oklahoma governor’s race
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Campaign donations are pouring in for Oklahoma's open governor's race next year with a political newcomer raising the most money during the past three months.
Republican Kevin Stitt reported raising $811,000 in the three months ending Sept. 30. The mortgage company founder from Tulsa also added $800,000 of his own money to his coffers.
House Democratic leader to resign, drop from governor’s race
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma House Democratic leader Scott Inman announced Wednesday he is dropping out of the governor's race and plans to resign from his House seat early next year, citing the strain of the campaign on his personal life.
Oklahoma official takes financial lead in governor race
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The lieutenant governor of Oklahoma has taken a large financial lead in the race to become the state's next governor.
Campaign reports show that with more than $2 million raised, Republican Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb has the most funding so far of the 13 candidates who have filed to run for governor next year.
Lamb said he's pleased and humbled by the support he has received. He said his campaign has more than 700 contributors.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Drew Edmondson, a former prosecutor and four-term Oklahoma attorney general from one of the state's most well-established political families, announced Monday he will seek the Democratic nomination for governor in 2018.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Former Democratic Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson is jumping into the race for governor in 2018.
The former four-term attorney general announced on his website Monday that he would seek the Democratic nomination for the open governor's seat.
Edmondson has scheduled press conferences in Tulsa and Oklahoma City to formally launch his campaign.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — New Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter has announced some staff changes in his office, including the return of former top assistant Tom Gruber to the agency.
Hunter said Wednesday that Gruber would serve as his senior deputy attorney general. Gruber is a former two-term district attorney and first assistant attorney general under former Attorney General Drew Edmondson and will supervise the office's legal counsel division and tobacco enforcement unit.