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+Kevin Stitt (R) i
639,484
55.45%
Joy Hofmeister (D)
481,904
41.79%
Natalie Bruno (L)
16,243
1.41%
Ervin Yen (I)
15,653
1.36%

1,153,284

Registered Voters: 2,295,906 (Nov. 1, 2022).   
Plurality: 157,580 votes (13.66 percentage points).

 OK State Election Board




Notes:  Gov. Kevin Stitt (R), won a second term (>), defeating
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister (D), digital strategist Natalie Bruno (L), and former state Sen. Ervin Yen (I). 

Stitt ran on the theme of "Oklahoma's turnaround." 
Stitt and Hofmeister debated on Oct. 19 at Will Rogers Theatre in Oklahoma City, hosted by NonDoc and News 9 and sponsored by the State Chamber of Oklahoma (1, 2, 3).
 
In the June 28 primary Stitt handily defeated three challengers, gaining just over 69% of the vote.  His closest competitor was Joel Kintsel, former executive director of the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs, at 14.3%. 

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister and former state Sen. Connie Johnson, who was the 2014 nominee for U.S. Senate, vied for the Democratic nomination.  Hofmeister, a lifelong Republican, announced on Oct. 8, 2021 that she was switching to the Democratic party and running for governor.  She defeated Johnson by 60.7% to 39.3%.


Bruno, the libertarian, is a marketing manager from Edmund.  Yen, an anesthesiologist, entered the race in Nov. 2020 as a Republican advocating "science literate leadership," but announced on Oct. 19, 2021 he was switching to run as an independent



Campaign Managers
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Kevin Stitt:  Donelle Harder
Senior vice president at Pinkston from Jan. 2022; owner of Harder Consulting LLC from Mar. 2021.  Founder and CEO of Pliris Strategies in Oklahoma City, Mar. 2020-Jan. 2022.  Senior advisor to Gov. Stitt, Jan. 2019-Mar. 2020.  Deputy campaign manager on Stitt for Governor, Nov. 2017-Jan. 2019.  Vice president of communications for the Oklahoma Oil & Gas Association, Nov. 2016-Dec. 2017.  Communications roles for Sen. Jim Inhofe, July 2012-Nov. 2016.  Online communications advisor for U.S. Rep. Kenny Marchant (TX), May 2010-June 2012.  Media relations specialist at Pinkston Group Inc., 2007-10.  B.A. in journalism from Baylor University.

Joy Hofmeister:  Brigette Zorn
Executive director at the American Heart Association in Oklahoma City, Nov. 2019-Oct. 2021.  Senior development manager (Sept. 2017-Dec. 2019), regional development officer/campaign manager (Sept. 2015-Nov. 2019) and annual giving manager (Jan. 2013-Sept. 2015) at Mercy Health Foundation.  Account executive at United Way of Central Oklahoma, Feb. 2010-Dec. 2012.  Associate at 4C Partners, LLC, 2009-10.  Member participation and finance assistant at the DCCC, 2006-09.  M.H.A. from Ohio University, 2017; B.A. in political science from Oklahoma City University, 2006.

Ervin Yen:  Kristy Hudson
(Apr. 2022)  Has managed and strategized for campaigns, agencies and groups for about 12 years.  From Moore, OK.  Granddaughter of Bill Snell, an oilman from Seminole who became a campaign advisor to Speaker of the House Carl Albert and others.


See also:
Ben Felder.  "What you should know about the spending in the governor's race."  The Oklahoman, Nov. 3, 2022.

Randy Krehbiel.  "Oklahoma governor's race swamped by $12 million in independent expenditures."  Tulsa World, Oct. 31, 2022.

Linda Jacobson.  "As Oklahoma Governor's Race Tightens, Voucher Debate Takes Center Stage."  The 74, Oct. 14, 2022.

--.  "Oklahoma's five largest Native tribes endorse Joy Hofmeister from governor."  The Oklahoman, Oct. 11, 2022.

Julia Mueller.  "Five Oklahoma tribes endorse Democrat for governor."  The Hill, Oct. 10, 2022.

Carmen Forman.  "Kevin Stitt, Joy Hofmeister lead in Oklahoma governor's race fundraising."  Oklahoman, June 22, 2022.

March 2022 videos: Stitt | Hofmeister

Ben Felder.  "Hofmeister is running as a Democrat.  Would she govern like one?"  The Frontier, Oct. 22, 2021.








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