Tulsa’s race for mayor highly contested

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TULSA -- The mayor's race in Tulsa is heating up.

Kathy Taylor, who served as mayor before, is up against the sitting mayor, Dewey Bartlett.

After a series of debates, voters are still deciding. Many are posting questions on Facebook to both candidates.

Bartlett is the incumbent and has years of experience in Oklahoma politics.

Voters are already turning in their ballots. Officially it's called early voting, unofficially you could call it eager voting.

It’s at a pace that sets this race for mayor ahead of the last one. In 2009, just over a thousand people voted early, this time around, that number has doubled.

"Well, I think it says that voters are engaged," said candidate Kathy Taylor.

Taylor was one of those early voters, who Friday night hosted a get out the vote rally.

"The obvious choice is Kathy Taylor," said Tulsa City Councilor Blake Ewing, who, along with councilor Jack Henderson, got the crowed amped up for victory.

"I'm going to have a real happy time when I can look over there and see Dewey walking out the door with a few things in his hand," said Henderson.

But Bartlett isn't going anywhere without a fight.

"I'm supporting the mayor because I think he's done a great job," said Governor Mary Fallin, attending Bartlett's get out the vote rally, and firing up their troops for victory.

"He's not going to leave this job, he knows there's more work to be done," she said.

"For her to be here means a lot for her endorsement of our policy," said Bartlett.

The race to the finish, with fiery speeches to awaken voters, with candidates awake on adrenaline. Sleep?

"Not enough I know that, I haven't had enough for the past year," smiled Bartlett.

"I'm thankful I don't require a lot of sleep because I'm going to be talking to voters every single minute that I'm awake over the next 4 days," said Taylor.

Check back on our website KFOR.com for more information on that race.

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