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THE OKLAHOMAN WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2010 75¢ NEWSOK.COM COVERING OKLAHOMA SINCE 1907 I II III IV V VI HISTORIC VICTORY FOR FALLIN, GOP Oklahoma elects first female governor; Republicans sweep state races BY MICHAEL MCNUTT AND DIANA BALDWIN INSIDE Staff Writers STATE HOUSE Republicans, already at record-high levels in the state House, picked up six more seats Tuesday. Benefiting from voters upset with what they see as an overreaching federal government, Republican Mary Fallin on Tuesday was elected the state’s first female governor. GOP candidates also swept all statewide offices, another first, including lieutenant governor, insurance commissioner, labor commissioner, superintendent of schools, auditor and inspector, attorney general and treasurer. The Republican Party also has control of the Oklahoma House and Senate. Fallin, becoming only the second Oklahoma member of Congress to win the state’s top chief executive post, captured about 58 percent of the vote over Democrat Jari Askins. PAGE 5A STATE SENATE Republicans appeared headed for victory in seven of 10 state Senate races as the party sought to solidify its control of the upper chamber. PAGE 5A JUDICIAL Voters retained Steven W. Taylor and James R. Winchester as Oklahoma Supreme Court justices. Four other judges also were retained. PAGE 6A Gov.-elect Mary Fallin shares a moment with her daughter, Christina, her husband, Wade Christiansen, right, and her son, Price, on Tuesday during the Republican watch party in Oklahoma City. PHOTO BY JOHN CLANTON, THE OKLAHOMAN SEE HISTORY, PAGE 3A Lankford cruises to win; incumbents retain seats Voters soundly defeat State Question 744 [ PAGE 11A ] Republican James Lankford, a former [ PAGE 2A ] The $830 million education church camp director, cruised to victory in the 5th District race Tuesday, completing his improbable run with a convincing victory over Democrat Billy Coyle. Rep. Dan Boren, D-Muskogee, easily won reelection, as did Reps. Frank Lucas, R-Cheyenne, and John Sullivan, R-Tulsa. Rep. Tom Cole, R-Moore, won a new term after the July 27 primary since he didn’t have a general election opponent. James Lankford signs an autograph Tuesday at the Republican watch party in Oklahoma City. PHOTO BY CHRIS LANDSBERGER, THE OKLAHOMAN funding amendment, State Question 744, failed to get more than 20 percent of voter approval. The amendment to the constitution would have mandated that Oklahoma at least spend the regional average of six surrounding states per student on common education. It would have meant a boost of roughly $1,300 per student. WINNERS OF STATEWIDE RACES: STORIES ON PAGES 3-4A CALIF. POT VOTE California voters rejected a measure that would have made their state the first to legalize the use and sale of marijuana. PAGE 11A MORE ... See returns from across the state. PAGES 9-10A WEATHER  SUNNY High: 72 Tonight’s low: 35 BUSINESS, 6C 24-HOUR DEAL Todd Lamb Lieutenant governor Scott Pruitt Attorney general Mark Costello Labor commissioner Janet Barresi Schools superintendent John Doak Insurance commissioner Gary Jones Auditor and inspector Ken Miller Treasurer U.S. voters show frustration with blow to Democrats BY MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE INFORMATION SERVICES WASHINGTON — Two years ago, Barack Obama promised change. Tuesday, the voters made a change of their own. In a tidal wave of anger and anxiety, they voted President Barack Obama’s Democrats out of office from coast to coast, sweeping them out of power in the House of Representatives and slash- TODAY’S PRAYER Lord, cast out all fear so we may stand strong and united in the day of testing. Amen. Advice Business Classified Comics 5D 1C 1E 8E Crossword Opinion Sports TV 8E 12A 1B 4D Volume 119, 302 Six sections Copyright 2010 The Oklahoma Publishing Co., Oklahoma City All rights reserved ing their once nearinvincible numbers in the Senate. Democrats appeared likely to hold a narrow Senate majority. The vote changed the balance of power in Washington, slammed the brakes on Obama’s agenda and ignited anew the central question of what the country wants from its government. It also reopened debate over whether either major political party is anywhere near forging a durable majority coalition. One passionate phenomenon more than any other colored the politics of 2010 — the tea party Visit www.wimgo for today’s deal: $20 for $40 worth of steak, salmon and nonalcoholic beverages at Avanti in Oklahoma City. Details on Page 2A. SEE NATION, BACK PAGE DEATHS COURTS 2 children die in Norman fire State sues websites Norman fire officials are investigating the Tuesday fire that destroyed this house. The fire claimed a 7-year-old boy and 2-year-old girl, and three adults were hospitalized. Oklahoma is suing to collect back sales taxes from Expedia,,, Orbitz and other online travel reservation companies that offer discount hotel rooms. STATE, 15A STATE, 15A PHOTO BY JERRY LAIZURE, THE NORMAN TRANSCRIPT/AP

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