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Drew Edmondson during The Oklahoman's Gubernatorial Forum at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Monday, September, 24, 2018. Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman
Drew Edmondson during The Oklahoman's Gubernatorial Forum at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Monday, September, 24, 2018. Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman

The governor's race is in full swing and the two leading candidates got together for a forum in downtown Oklahoma City Monday night to hash out their differences in front of a live, and online audience. 

On paper and on the stage Monday, Kevin Stitt and Drew Edmondson are markedly different candidates with divergent views on how to run the state government.

Stitt, the Republican nominee for governor, will face Democrat Drew Edmondson and Libertarian Chris Powell in the Nov. 6 general election. Powell was not included in the forum, but he stood with supporters outside the forum venue in downtown Oklahoma City on Monday.

Viewers and members of the audience heard about Stitt's goal of running Oklahoma's government like a business, which would include auditing the state's Medicaid rolls that contain more than 800,000 adults and children in the system as of August. While Stitt said he supports bringing more federal tax dollars back into the state, he would oppose expanding Medicaid because it would increase the number of recipients and put Oklahoma "into a situation that's going to be harmful years from now."

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Drew Edmondson during The Oklahoman's Gubernatorial Forum at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Monday, September, 24, 2018. Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman

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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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