Rep. Fallin elected Okla.'s first female governor

The Associated Press
Tuesday, November 2, 2010; 9:37 PM

OKLAHOMA CITY -- U.S. Rep. Mary Fallin has made history in Oklahoma, where voters elected the Republican to become the state's first female governor.

Fallin leveraged her two decades of political roots in Oklahoma to pull in the historic win over Democratic Lt. Gov. Jari Askins. Her election also completes a power sweep for Republicans in Oklahoma that began with taking the House in 2004, and the Senate in 2008.

Fallin replaces Democratic Gov. Brad Henry, who is term-limited.

The all-woman governor's race in Oklahoma and New Mexico this year were just the third and fourth such matchups in U.S. history.

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