Mary Fallin, Jari Askins to face off in November


Oklahomans are poised to elect the state’s first woman governor.

U.S. Rep. Mary Fallin managed to win the Republican gubernatorial primary election without a runoff, garnering about 55 percent of the vote according to unofficial returns. State Sen. Randy Brogdon, of Owasso, got about 39 percent.

Lt. Gov. Jari Askins won a nail-biter against Attorney General Drew Edmondson, as she won about 1 percent more of the votes.

Fallin, who had to scramble Tuesday night to get back home from Washington to be with supporters, said she hoped to work with Brogdon in her campaign leading up to the Nov. 2 general election.

“Sen. Brogdon and I are both conservatives,” said Fallin, R-Oklahoma City. “We’re both concerned about the direction our national government is going and we’re both concerned about our Constitution, our state’s rights. I hope to join hands with Sen. Brogdon and all of his supporters who want to help elect a conservative governor.”

Fallin said she was satisfied with her margin of victory.

“We’ve had some really stiff competition with Sen. Brogdon,” she said. “He’s certainly done a great job campaigning statewide and certainly giving many good, fiery speeches. In the end we both stand for the same thing and believe in the same values that are important to moving Oklahoma forward and we will all work together to elect a conservative governor.”

Fallin, dressed in a red suit and white pearls, gave a thumbs up to someone in the screaming crowd at the Will Rogers Theater. Supporters chanted, “Mary, Mary, Mary,” and held up deep red “Mary Fallin Governor” signs.

The crowd cheered and clapped repeatedly as she ticked off the conservative values she said she will uphold: a free market, the Constitution, promoting a vigorous business environment and getting the government out of people’s lives.
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