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Rural Oklahoma All In on Kevin Stitt- Helping Propel Him to Victory and Into the Office of Governor for the Next Four Years

Wed, 07 Nov 2018 05:45:04 CST

Rural Oklahoma All In on Kevin Stitt- Helping Propel Him to Victory and Into the Office of Governor for the Next Four Years Tulsa Businessman Kevin Stitt easily dispatched former Attorney General Drew Edmondson on Tuesday- winning by 145,000 votes to become the next Governor of Oklahoma. Ag organizations offered the Radio Oklahoma Ag Network reaction to the Governor's race last night- and the groups that provided comments included the Oklahoma Pork Council, the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association and the Oklahoma Farm Bureau.

okPork Executive Director Roy Lee Lindsey says "The Oklahoma Pork Council wants to congratulate Kevin Stitt on his election as the next governor of Oklahoma. We look forward to Kevin’s leadership and commitment to making Oklahoma a Top 10 state. We are excited to work with Gov. - elect Stitt to promote the growth of agriculture all across our state."

Michael Kelsey with the Oklaholma Cattlemen adds “Congratulations to Governor elect Stitt. OCA looks forward to working with him and his administration to grow agriculture and Oklahoma!”

Oklahoma Farm Bureau President Rodd Moesel says that the counties outside of the two major metros really were the key to the victory by Governor Elect Stitt- writing "Rural Oklahoma made the difference Tuesday in the Oklahoma Governor’s race. Although Stitt lost Tulsa County & Oklahoma County he still won statewide by a large 12% margin thanks to very large wins in rural counties across our state. We are excited about the opportunity to work with new Governor Kevin Stitt & Lt Governor Matt Pinnell. These bright, capable new leaders have proven already that they are good listeners & are very interested in rural Oklahoma. We look forward to working with them as they build their leadership teams & staffs that will lead our state into the future. We hope to work with them as they solidify their visions & develop their plan of action for our great state. We believe they will work to understand the needs of agriculture & rural Oklahoma and work with us to grow all of Oklahoma."

The leader of the Oklahoma Senate in the new year also weighed in on the Stitt victory- Senate President Pro Tem-designate Greg Treat, R-Oklahoma City, says “I want to congratulate Governor-elect Kevin Stitt on his impressive win in the governor’s race. Voters connected with his bold, new vision for Oklahoma. There will be a lot of common ground and shared goals between Governor-elect Stitt and the Oklahoma Senate Republicans. I’m very excited and optimistic about the future of Oklahoma. Thank you to my fellow Oklahomans for putting trust in Senate Republicans. We stand ready to work closely with Governor-elect Stitt and Speaker McCall to make Oklahoma a Top 10 state!”.

It was mostly a night of Red across Oklahoma- with all statewide races going for the GOP and four of the five Congressional races remaining under Republican control. Only the fifth Congressional District, which is mostly Oklahoma City, went for the Democrats as incumbent Steve Russell lost to Kendra Horn of Edmond. She will be the first Democrat to serve in that seat since 1975.

In the state legislature- the GOP remains in strong control of the House and the Senate. The House Democrats will have a decision to make following the elections of Tuesday- as the Leader of the Minority in the House- former Oklahoma Farm Bureau State President Steve Kouplen- lost his reelection bid in House District 24- losing to Logan Phillips.

To review all of the state of Oklahoma races- click or tap here.

Nationally- the Republicans have apparently gained seats in the Senate- while the Democrats will have enough "flips" to take majority control of the US House. To check up on the national races across the US- click or tap here for the election tracker of Fox News.

For agriculture- the flip by the House will mean that Colin Peterson of Minnesota will likely become the Chairman of the House Ag Committee again- and that Mike Conaway will become his ranking member- Conaway won easily with 80% of his district going for him while Peterson had a closer race but won with 52% of the vote in his District. The Big Four negotiating the Farm Bill Conference remain intact- and we will know very soon if the 2018 Farm Bill can be finalized in the Lame Duck Session of Congress that will be happening in the next few weeks.



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