Gubernatorial candidates react to state’s poor rankings

The Oklahoman reached out to gubernatorial candidates this week to gauge their reaction to the newspaper’s series exploring the state’s poor rankings and outcomes in the areas of health, education, mental health and incarceration.

Titled “The STATE of Oklahoma,” the yearlong series will look at why Oklahoma ranks among the worst — if not the worst — in the nation when it comes to a variety of key metrics.

The first story appeared Sunday. The candidates responded to the issues raised, which have been common themes on the campaign trail. The responses were emailed, unless noted. They have been edited for brevity.

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