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Tulsa businessman, political newcomer Kevin Stitt wins GOP primary for Governor of Oklahoma

Tulsa mortgage owner and political newcomer Kevin Stitt won the Republican nomination in the race to be Oklahoma’s next Governor. “I’ve been in the private sector, to create in the real world jobs,” Stitt said last week during a cantankerous debate against his opponent, former Oklahoma City mayor Mick Cornett. “I don’t have check cashing a government.”

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Tulsa mortgage owner and political newcomer Kevin Stitt won the Republican nomination in the race to be Oklahoma’s next Governor.

Stitt defeated former Oklahoma City mayor Mick Cornett, who helped to oversee a revitalization of the state capital, including landing an NBA basketball team, Tuesday, the primary drain.

Stitt announced his experience grows, his company Gateway Mortgage Group, one of Germany’s largest privately-held companies, mortgages.

He increased his campaign financed by the loan itself-almost $3.3 million, about half of the 6.5 million dollars that he received, ahead of Tuesday’s primary runoff.

He also overcame a barrage of negative advertising, as highlighted in the last few weeks that there is a misconduct on the part of his company in front of the country’s mortgage crisis.

The 45-year-old Stitt is face Democrat Drew Edmondson and the winner of the Libertarian drain.

Two-term Republican Gov. Mary Fallin, can’t run again because of term limits.

The race for the GOP nomination in Oklahoma’s race for Governor, appeared to hinge less on experience and ideology and more on the state’s geography and the candidates’ loyalty to the President Trump.

Cornett, 60, came under fire from Stitt, the former mayor attacked in an ad, as not supportive enough of Trump, or his immigration policy.

“The Republican party, the President of Trump’ s party, and any politician, you see, the country that so far has not sufficiently supported the President, Trump has paid the price for that,” GOP political consultant Trebor Worthen said.

Both men touted their opposition to abortion and support of Trump, but differed on their support of a tax to help increase this year, figures for the first teacher hike in pay in a decade. Cornett said he supports Fallin signed the bill, while Stitt said he would not have signed it.

In a TV debate last week, Cornett shot back, criticizing Stitt as a Johnny-come-lately to Oklahoma Republican political scene.

“Where were you in the last 14 years?” Cornett said during the debate on Oklahoma City’s KOCO-TV. “You’re not at the front fighting for conservative principles.”

Stitt, though, fully embraced his position as a businessman and political outsider.

“I’ve been in the private sector, to create in the real world jobs,” Stitt replied. “I don’t have check cashing a government.”

Phil Workman, a 66-year-old pensioner from Norman, said he liked the fact that Stitt was a political newcomer.

“One thing that was me, Stitt, he said out of the norm for the policy that he is not an insider, he is an outsider,” Workman.

The performance of the last two GOP opponents in the 10-candidate field in July broke along geographic lines, with Cornett big win in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and Stitt, take the counties in the Tulsa and Eastern Oklahoma. Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb finished, close the third place in the race and carried out, as well as in many rural counties.

These geographical differences, the two candidates more than the political ideology, said the Republican political consultant Pat McFerron, who worked on the lamb campaign.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Frank Miles is covering a reporter and editor, sports, tech, military and geopolitics for FoxNews.com. He can be reached at Frank.Miles@foxnews.com.

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