Gentner Drummond concedes race for Oklahoma Attorney General

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TULSA, Okla. – An Oklahoma attorney announced that he is conceding in the race for Oklahoma Attorney General.

On Tuesday, Gentner Drummond faced incumbent Attorney General Mike Hunter for the Republican nomination for the office of Oklahoma Attorney General.

After polls closed and votes were being counted, it seemed like it would be a race to the finish.

According to unofficial results from the Oklahoma State Election Board, Hunter defeated Drummond by less than 300 votes.

Drummond told News 4 on Tuesday night that his campaign was waiting until provisional ballots were counted before a making a decision.

“I know the entire viewing audience is excited about a final outcome. It’s been razor thin. I’m not surprised by that closeness. We’ve got institutional politics versus new to the fight politics,” Drummond said.

On Wednesday, Drummond held a news conference and announced that he was conceding.

"After considering whether to seek a recount and researching what that would entail, I have decided that instead we would concede the election today in an effort to bring unity to the Republican party," Drummond.

Drummond says he lost the race by less than .1%.

Attorney General Mike Hunter released the following statement after Drummond conceded:

“I sincerely appreciate Mr. Drummond’s concession and his support going forward.

“Whatever our differences may have been, we share common goals and vision for the state and the Attorney General’s Office. Protecting Oklahoma families, defending our way of life and standing up against outsiders who seek to do us harm. Those are the guiding principles my office has stood behind and what will continue being our magnetic north.

“We need to remember, the role of the Attorney General is not a partisan role. Criminals don't discriminate between Republicans and Democrats when they prey on the vulnerable. Opioids are not more addictive for members of one party than the other, and justice denied for one is justice denied for all. I will continue to run the Attorney General's office with integrity and a focus on protecting and serving all Oklahomans.

“As we move forward past the runoff and on to the November general election in a unified front, I can sum it up best by quoting President Abraham Lincoln in his first inaugural address, when he said - “we are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”

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