|Updated: 11/13/2013 5:20 pm
||Published: 11/13/2013 4:03 pm
Less than 24 hours after voters reelected Mayor Dewey Bartlett for a second term both he and challenger Kathy Taylor are looking at what changed the tide after Taylor had much higher numbers in the primary in June.
Even though the mayor's election is supposed to be non-partisan, both hinted that partisan politics played a role.
There was also a specific event last week that may have changed some voters' minds.
"The stalker episode; that pretty much solidified things as far as I was concerned," said Bartlett.
That so-called stalker was a Taylor campaign intern who followed Bartlett around to non-scheduled events, but was approached by a police officer while camped outside Bartlett's home. It's something Bartlett called over the line.
Taylor told FOX23 that Bartlett had people at her home as well throughout the campaign; she just chose not to use that as a campaign tool.
"That was political theater so he didn't have to talk about the issues of the budget, of the crime that's out of control, and the lack of honesty at City Hall," she said
Bartlett also said that with many of Bill Christiansen's conservative supporters backing him after Christiansen lost the primary, he thinks political party played a role, too.
"A pretty good contrast between Kathy Taylor's philosophy of being more of a Democrat, big liberal kind of government approach and my conservative approach that people have seen in the past," said Bartlett.
Taylor said making it a partisan race was another political stunt by Bartlett to avoid actually talking about the issues.
"I was so proud when Mayor LaFortune and I ran a very issues-based campaign. We had the highest voter turnout in any mayor's race in the history of Tulsa," said Taylor.
Taylor said low voter turnout also hurt her. She thinks higher turnout would have played in her favor.
Bartlett said he thinks the percentages would have been the same either way.