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Drew Edmondson concedes Oklahoma Governor's race

Posted at 5:16 PM, Nov 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-06 22:59:44-05

A gracious Drew Edmondson addressed supporters on Tuesday after losing the Governor's race. 

Things didn't turn out the way he hoped, but losing the race didn't crush his spirit. He commented on the incredible progress Democrats made this election cycle, a sign he feels good for the future of Oklahoma. 

He quoted Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., stating we must accept finite disappointment but never lose infinite hope. 

“And that’s what we are about here tonight and that’s what we will be about down the road," Edmondson said. "When Linda and I decided to enter this race,\ we did so because we feared the direction our state had taken."

Edmondson says he waged his campaign for the kind faces and friends who expressed their concern for the state. He says even though he was not victorious, he is comforted by his renewed faith in people.

He concluded his concession speech by saying Oklahoma is a great state and he'll continue to work to make it better. 


Ahead of the election, Oklahoma teachers, both Republican and Democrat, vowed to vote for Edmondson. 

“We feel real good that our position on education reflects the views of most Oklahomans that our schools suffered and that we have got to turn that around and that’s going to require additional revenue," he said.

Edmondson began Tuesday morning in Tulsa, visiting his voters and his campaign team. He then headed to Oklahoma City to do the same. 

He said he expected a close race and a long night ahead. 


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