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Oklahoma gubernatorial election, 1994

Oklahoma gubernatorial election, 1994

Nominee Frank Keating Jack Mildren Wes Watkins
Party Republican Democratic Independent
Popular vote 466,740 294,936 233,336
Percentage 46.9% 29.6% 23.5%

Governor before election

David Walters

Elected Governor

Frank Keating

The Oklahoma gubernatorial election of 1994 was held on November 7, 1994, and was a race for the Governor of Oklahoma. Republican Frank Keating pulled an upset in the three-way race to become only the third Republican governor in Oklahoma history. Wes Watkins, a former U.S. Congressman as a Democrat, spoiled Mildren's campaign by running as an independent. Watkins' performance in the election, obtaining 24% of the vote and carrying several counties, is one of the most notable performances for a third party candidate in modern U.S. history.


  • Candidates 1
    • Republican 1.1
    • Democrat 1.2
    • Independent 1.3
  • Polling 2
  • Results 3
  • See also 4






Source Date Keating (R) Mildren (D) Watkins (I)
KSWO-TV Nov. 4, 1994 40% 39% 15%
Tulsa World Nov. 1, 1994 28% 29% 21%


1994 gubernatorial election, Oklahoma
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Frank Keating 466,740 46.9
Democratic Jack Mildren 294,936 29.6
Independent Wes Watkins 233,336 23.5
Republican gain from Democratic Swing

See also


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