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Oklahoma Democratic gubernatorial candidate Drew Edmondson speaks during a candidate forum in Oklahoma City, Friday, Aug. 24, 2018. Looking on are Republican candidates Mick Cornett, left, and Kevin Stitt, right. Cornett and Stitt face each other in the Republican runoff election on Aug. 28, 2018. Edmondson will face the winner in November. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Oklahoma Democratic gubernatorial candidate Drew Edmondson speaks during a candidate forum in Oklahoma City, Friday, Aug. 24, 2018. Looking on are Republican candidates Mick Cornett, left, and Kevin Stitt, right. Cornett and Stitt face each other in the Republican runoff election on Aug. 28, 2018. Edmondson will face the winner in November. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)


The Oklahoman's Chris Casteel takes a look at the early days of the race for governor and how Republican nominee Kevin Stitt wants to mend fences with his vanquished opponent. 

As the general election season began Wednesday, Republican gubernatorial nominee Kevin Stitt made plans to reach out to his vanquished opponent as a dark money group launched an attack on Democrat Drew Edmondson.

Stitt, the Tulsa businessman who got 55 percent of the vote in defeating Mick Cornett in Tuesday's runoff, wants to meet with the former Oklahoma City mayor in person, according to Stitt campaign spokeswoman Donelle Harder.

Cornett called Stitt on Tuesday night to wish him well but did not mention him in his concession speech. In an interview with KWTV on Tuesday night, Cornett also declined to endorse Stitt, saying it was “appropriate to let things settle down.”

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 Marijuana industry retailer coming to Oklahoma 

Oklahoma's newest legal industry already is attracting interest from companies throughout the country.

Denver-based GrowGeneration Corp. this week announced plans for an Oklahoma City warehouse and product showroom to support the state's new medical marijuana industry.

The 10,000-square-foot retail hydroponic and organic gardening store is scheduled to open Oct. 1, just more than a month after the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority began accepting applications for medical marijuana licenses. GrowGeneration doesn't sell marijuana and doesn't need a state license, but the company is designed to service marijuana growers throughout the state by providing soil, lights, fertilizer and other items.

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Oklahoma Democratic gubernatorial candidate Drew Edmondson speaks during a candidate forum in Oklahoma City, Friday, Aug. 24, 2018. Looking on are Republican candidates Mick Cornett, left, and Kevin Stitt, right. Cornett and Stitt face each other in the Republican runoff election on Aug. 28, 2018. Edmondson will face the winner in November. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Oklahoma Democratic gubernatorial candidate Drew Edmondson speaks during a candidate forum in Oklahoma City, Friday, Aug. 24, 2018. Looking on are Republican candidates Mick Cornett, left, and Kevin Stitt, right. Cornett and Stitt face each other in the Republican runoff election on Aug. 28,...

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Matt Patterson

Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun.... Read more ›

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