Kevin Stitt, the owner of Tulsa-based Gateway Mortgage
, scored a victory last night in his debut foray into elective politics by winning the Republican primary to become governor of Oklahoma.
The KXII FOX 12 reports
that Stitt defeated former Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett in Tuesday's primary runoff and advanced to the general election to face Democrat Drew Edmondson and Libertarian Chris Powell. Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, a two-term Republican, cannot run for re-election due to the state’s term limits.
Stitt loaned his campaign nearly $3.3 million, which is approximately half of the $6.5 million he received ahead of Tuesday's primary race. Stitt used his business leadership as a focal point of his campaign, although his opposition tried to use the same experience as a negative talking point, citing Gateway’s problems during the previous decade’s mortgage crisis.