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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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