The two heavy favorites to reach the November ballot for the next governor of Oklahoma are reporting big dollars already for their campaign.
The Stitt for Governor 2022 campaign today announced Governor Kevin Stitt raised a record-breaking $1.19 million from more than 2,300 individuals across the state in the fourth quarter of 2021. Gubernatorial Democrat challenger Joy Hofmeister announced last month that her campaign raised well over half a million dollars in less than 90 days.
Stitt’s Republican team says the total amount raised marks the largest Q4 ever filed by an Oklahoma candidate for statewide office going into an election year. The campaign ended the quarter with $2.3 million cash on hand, the most by any incumbent Oklahoma Governor.
“The Oklahoma Turnaround is underway with historic low unemployment, record-high investments by the State in education, and Republican-led tax cuts taking effect as Oklahomans battle inflation provoked by liberal DC policies,” said Stitt. “As we kick off 2022, we are running full throttle to protect freedoms and advance common-sense conservative policies. It takes all of us working together to make Oklahoma a Top Ten state, and I am deeply grateful so many Oklahomans continue to join us in making this vision a reality.”
For Hofmeister, her team reported in January the fundraising total represents the campaign’s first filing period in the last quarter of 2021 and a surge of grassroots support from Democrats, Republicans and Independents across Oklahoma. The $540,000+ raised by Hofmeister is more than any gubernatorial candidate raised last election cycle during the same reporting quarter.
Hofmeister also out-raised Kevin Stitt’s previous quarter in the current election cycle, according to Hofmeister’s camp.
“The momentum is building, and I’m humbled by the engagement and swift support we’ve received from all over Oklahoma,” says current State Superintendent Hofmeister. “People are fed up with politics as usual and are clearly ready to join our campaign to make lives better for regular folks, not partisan politicians. To the hundreds of Oklahomans who have contributed a portion of their paycheck to this race and to a better future for our kids — thank you! I feel an immense responsibility to represent your values, and please know, I will never be out worked.”