Split party power possible at top of state gov

A close gubernatorial race could result in split party representation at the top of state government for the first time in 12 years.

Multiple polls show a close contest between Republican Kevin Stitt and Democrat Drew Edmondson in the race for governor.

However, the lieutenant governor race is more one-sided with Republican Matt Pinnell holding a 19-point lead over Democrat Sen. Anastasia Pittman, according to pollster Pat McFerron, president of Cole, Hargrave, Snodgrass and Associates, in Oklahoma City.

“The governor and lieutenant governor are kind of tied together, whether you like it or not, and I don’t think the governor and lieutenant governor should be swimming in opposite directions,” said Pinnell, who added he believes he could work well with either a Republican or Democratic governor.

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