1994 Oklahoma gubernatorial election
Keating: 30–40% 40–50% 50–60% 60–70%
Mildren: 30–40% 40–50% 50–60%
Watkins: 30–40% 40–50% 50–60% 60–70%
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The 1994 Oklahoma gubernatorial election was held on November 8, 1994, and was a race for Governor of Oklahoma. Former United States Associate Attorney General Frank Keating pulled an upset in the three-way race to become only the third Republican governor in Oklahoma history.
The Democratic vote was split between Lieutenant Governor Jack Mildren and former Democratic congressman Wes Watkins, who ran as an independent. Watkins won 24% of the vote and carried numerous counties (by wide margins in some cases); his 233,000 votes far exceeded Keating's 171,000-vote winning margin over Mildren.
This was the first time since Oklahoma statehood that Jackson County, Stephens County, and Grady County voted Republican in a gubernatorial election, and the first time since 1914 that Comanche County voted Republican.
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- Jack Mildren, Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma
- Danny Williams
- Bernice Shedrick, state senator
- Joe Vickers
- Frank Keating- Assistant Attorney General, General Counsel member, and Deputy Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President George H. W. Bush; Assistant Secretary of the Treasury and United States Associate Attorney General under President Ronald Reagan
- Jerry Pierce
- Virginia Hale
- Thomas H. Lay
- Jerry Kobyluk
- Wes Watkins- former U.S. Congressman
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Lt. Governor Jack Mildren and Bernice Shedrick advanced to the runoff where both candidates received vote totals similar to the first primary, securing the win for Mildren.
Frank Keating, a former assistant attorney general and member of the Reagan and Bush administrations, defeated four other Republicans to win the GOP nomination.
|Republican||Thomas H. Lay||7,744||3.8|
|Source||Date||Keating (R)||Mildren (D)||Watkins (I)|
|KSWO-TV||Nov. 4, 1994||40%||39%||15%|
|Tulsa World||Nov. 1, 1994||28%||29%||21%|
|Republican gain from Democratic||Swing|
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- ^ a b "Governor, Democratic Primary Election - August 23, 1994" (PDF). Oklahoma State Election Board.
- ^ "Governor - Democratic Runoff Primary Election - September 20, 1994" (PDF). Oklahoma State Election Board.
- ^ "Governor - General Election - November 8, 1994" (PDF). Oklahoma State Election Board.
- ^ "1994 Gubernatorial General Election Results - Oklahoma". uselectionatlas.org.
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