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5 Fun Facts About November 8 In Oklahoma History

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1. On November 8, 1904, Oklahoma Territory residents voted in favor of statehood, paving the way for Oklahoma to become the 46th state in the union on November 16, 1907.

2. On November 8, 1932, Democrat William "Alfalfa Bill" Murray was elected governor of Oklahoma, defeating incumbent Republican William J. Holloway. Murray, a colorful and controversial figure, would go on to serve two non-consecutive terms as governor of the state.

3. On November 8, 1955, Oklahoma City University star basketball player Darrell Floyd scored 60 points in a game against the University of Texas-El Paso (UTEP), setting a new school and conference record. Floyd went on to become one of the most successful coaches in Oklahoma high school basketball history.

4. On November 8, 1972, Republican US Senator Dewey F. Bartlett defeated Democratic incumbent Mike Monroney in a closely contested election. Bartlett served two terms in the Senate before being elected governor of Oklahoma in 1966 and again in 1990.

5. On November 8, 2016, Oklahoma voters overwhelmingly supported Republican nominee Donald Trump in the US presidential election, giving him over 65% of the vote in the state. Trump's victory marked the fifth consecutive presidential election in which Oklahoma had voted for the Republican candidate.
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