GOP candidate for Oklahoma governor amasses $1.6M in quarter

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A political newcomer from Tulsa who is running as a Republican for Oklahoma governor in 2018 says he’s amassed more than $1.6 million in his first quarter of fundraising, an amount that could help boost his name identification and make him more competitive in a crowded GOP field.

Republican Kevin Stitt said he raised $811,000 from more than 560 donors during the most recent fundraising quarter that ended Sept. 30. The 44-year-old mortgage company founder added $800,000 of his own money to his campaign war chest.

“I’ve never asked anyone to do anything I’m not willing to do, so I’m matching those contributions dollar for dollar,” Stitt told The Associated Press. “I just really want to put my money where my mouth is.”

Stitt, who formally launched his campaign on Monday with campaign events in Edmond, Jenks and Lawton, said he expects to spend about $2.5 million of his own money on the race. Quarterly campaign finance reports are due by Oct. 31.

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