(CNN) - Oklahomans will elect their first female governor come November, after two women secured their party's nomination in last night's gubernatorial primaries.
Lt. Gov. Jari Askins defeated her Democratic challenger, Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson, by less than six-tenths of one percent of the vote, according to Oklahoma's State Election Board . Despite the razor-thin margin, Edmondson conceded the race and threw his support behind Askins.
As expected, Rep. Mary Fallin secured the Republican nomination, trouncing her three challengers and handily avoiding a runoff election.
Fallin and Askins will now face off to succeed Democratic Gob. Brad Henry, who is prevented by term limits from running for a third term.
Both the Rothenberg Political Report and the Cook Political Report, two of the top non-partisan political handicappers, say the Republicans are favored to pick up the governor's seat in a state that Sen. John McCain won by 32 points over Sen. Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election.
–CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report