By Michael McNutt, Oklahoman
Gov.-elect Mary Fallin didn’t need Barack Obama to defeat her Democratic challenger, but a pollster says it would have been a lot closer race had not conservative Democrats joined Republicans to rail against the unpopular president.

Fallin, who will become Oklahoma’s first female governor when she is inaugurated in January, won 60 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s election. Democratic Lt. Gov. Jari Askins got 40 percent.

The anti-Obama tide of voters flooded a number of Democrats out of office and swept Republicans like Fallin to victory in the statewide races in Oklahoma and in many contests across the country.
 
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