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Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater Should Have Winned Another Term

Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater Should Have Winned Another Term

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(AP Photo/The Oklahoman, Bill Heavner). FILE – In this Sept. 9, 2014 file photo, Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater talks to reporters during the press conference at the Oklahoma County Courthouse in Oklahoma City, Okla. Prater announced he would seek a second term before the race was called in the county on Monday, Nov. 7, 2014. At least three major counties have called for recounts in the race. The Oklahoma governor said he would make a decision on the recounts on Tuesday, Nov. 8. Heavner reports from Oklahoma City.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A day after the Oklahoma County District Attorney won a second term, Democrats on Sunday questioned whether he should win another in the state’s gubernatorial race, which ended in a tie.

OKC County District Attorney David Prater won a second term in a tight election that had the backing of the state’s most populous county. But he faced skepticism from Democrats in neighboring counties.

Prater was among the best-known and most successful prosecutors in the state, and Oklahoma had the highest percentage of African-American voters of any statewide race in recent memory.

Many Democrats and Republicans agree Prater should have won, even if it came in a tie or even ahead of Democratic nominee and incumbent Gov. Mary Fallin.

“I think he could have (won),” said Democrat Gov. Mary Fallin as Prater left the campaign office on Sunday morning. But he warned: “It’s not over until the count is done.”

As Prater walked through the door of his campaign office, he warned the news media waiting outside that it was his last press conference, and he walked out. The campaign office has become his own media room since he left the building, and he is likely to have a lot to say in the coming days.

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