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Tuesday
Nov022010

ABC News: Oklahoma Elects First Female Governor

Photo Courtesy - MaryFallin[dot]org(OKLAHOMA CITY) -- In an historic election where two women faced off for the governor's seat in Oklahoma for the first time, ABC News is projecting that Republican candidate Rep. Mary Fallin will defeat Democratic Lt. Gov. Jari Askins, based on exit polls.

Having a female opponent didn't stop Fallin from taking a few jabs at her challenger over women's issues towards the end of the campaign. At a debate in October, Fallin said, "I think my experience is one of the things that sets me apart as a candidate for governor. First of all, being a mother, having children, raising a family."

Askins, a former judge who has never been married or had children, later defended herself on ABC's Good Morning America, saying neither marriage nor parenting experience should be a prerequisite for being governor.

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Tuesday
Oct262010

Okla. Gov's Race Debate: Unmarried Women Fit for Office?

Lt. Gov. Jari Askins (L) and U.S. Rep. Mary Fallin. Photos Courtesy - Office of Lt. Gov. Jari Askins / Fallin for Governor 2010(OKLAHOMA CITY) -- Women are poised to make history in Oklahoma next week, when the state will elect its first female governor. And in the final stretch of the campaign between Democratic Lt. Gov. Jari Askins and Republican U.S. Rep. Mary Fallin, the experience of motherhood has emerged as a contentious debating point.

"I think my experience is one of the things that sets me apart as a candidate for governor. First of all, being a mother, having children, raising a family," Fallin, 55, said at a debate last week.

Askins, 57, a former judge who has never been married or had children, says neither marriage nor parenting experience should matter.

"You know, in Oklahoma, all of our governors have been men. So none of them have been mothers," she told ABC News on Tuesday. "I think most of them have done a pretty good job so I don't think that's a criteria."

Fallin and Askins are vying to succeed outgoing Democratic Gov. Brad Henry, who is term-limited. Their race is only the third time in U.S. history two women have gone head-to-head for a state's top job. The New Mexico gubernatorial race this year is the fourth.

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