Oklahomans are heading to the polls to choose the next Republican governor, but the state is running a very different race than the one that was once held by the GOP.
The race for the top spot on the 2018 Republican ticket is now in a runoff, which means the winner of the election will face off against Democratic challenger Bill Owens, according to a report from The Oklahoman.
The Republican candidate for the statehouse, Mike Parson, has been raising money in the race, according the newspaper.
“We are now in the final stretch of the primary season and we are still looking at who will win,” Parson said in a statement on Monday.
“I am confident that we will win this election.”
The election is set for Feb. 9.
If the winner doesn’t get enough votes to get elected, he or she will face Democrat Greg Steube, who will face Democratic challenger Adam Gantner in the general election, according an Associated Press report.
“If Greg wins, it would be a huge victory for the people of Oklahoma,” Person said in an interview with the Associated Press on Monday, adding that he thinks he has a shot at winning.
“It’s been very difficult and I think I’ve made the most of it.”
The race will be held in the heavily Democratic county of Edmond.
The primary will be Nov. 7, 2018.
Here are a few highlights from the 2018 election.
Parson’s campaign said that the state has been rocked by two recent deadly shootings.
On Sunday, a man shot and killed a state employee in a Tulsa convenience store, which was the latest in a string of deadly incidents in the state.
On Monday, police arrested an Oklahoma City man after he allegedly shot at two officers in a car chase.
A woman was killed and two people were injured when a driver crashed into a home and opened fire on the family home, killing their two children.
On Tuesday, police say the man who allegedly opened fire at a police officer in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Sunday had previously been convicted of felony murder.
On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that the Justice Department would launch a civil rights investigation into whether the Tulsa police department violated civil rights laws when it used excessive force against a Black man in a traffic stop.