Kevin Stitt wins GOP nod for Oklahoma governor

Mick Cornett and Kevin Stitt

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Tulsa mortgage company owner and political newcomer Kevin Stitt has won the Republican nomination in the race to become Oklahoma's next governor.

The 45-year-old Stitt defeated former Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett in Tuesday's primary runoff and advanced to the general election. He will face Democrat Drew Edmondson and Libertarian Chris Powell in November.

Two-term Republican Gov. Mary Fallin couldn't run again because of term limits.

Stitt touted his experience growing his company Gateway Mortgage Group, into one of the nation's largest privately-held mortgage companies.

He boosted his campaign finances by loaning himself nearly $3.3 million, about half of the $6.5 million he received ahead of Tuesday's primary runoff.

He also overcame a barrage of negative advertising in recent weeks that highlighted wrongdoing by his company during the country's mortgage crisis.

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