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Republican businessman Kevin Stitt defeats former Democrat state Attorney General Drew Edmondson to win Oklahoma’s gubernatorial race.

The Tulsa businessman, who founded Gateway Mortgage Group, is a political newcomer and cast himself as an outsider throughout the election.

Stitt said he would support raising teacher salaries, but also promoted an anti-tax message.

The governor-elect is replacing term-limited Governor Mary Fallin, who has the lowest approval rating of any governor in the country at just 17-percent.

Oklahoma Republican Governor-Elect, Kevin Stitt, speaks to his supporters during a watch party in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)

“Our state has been through a difficult few years — these hardships did not evolve overnight, they were decades in the making, but it’s time to end this cycle,” stated Stitt. “It’s time to take hold of our nations improving economy and push the doors wide open for all four million Oklahomans to access.”

The governor elect will be sworn in on Monday, January 14, 2019

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