|Updated: 11/13/2013 9:27 am
||Published: 11/12/2013 9:44 pm
Mayor Dewey Bartlett has won a 2nd term as mayor of Tulsa.
Former Mayor Kathy Taylor conceded the election to Bartlett just after 8 p.m. Tuesday. The race was one of the longest campaigns in Tulsa history.
FOX23 was live at the Taylor watch party as the votes were tallied and the candidates learned their fate.
Shock and disbelief are the key words FOX23 heard while at the Taylor watch party. It's clear that Kathy Taylor, her campaign and her supporters felt sure she would win. Or if she lost hat it would be by only a few points.
Taylor's daughter fought back tears as she introduced her mother and commented on a well-run campaign.
Then Taylor herself took the podium.
She, too, at times fought back tears as she conceded to Dewey Bartlett. However, she said she was proud of the message she and her campaign spread throughout Tulsa.
She finished by saying her supporters shouldn't look at what divides us, but what unites us and look to a better future in Tulsa.
Taylor also encouraged her volunteers to turn their passion and energy to volunteering for a program called reading partners, which helps third-graders get up to grade level on their reading skills. This program aims at helping children increase their odds of graduating high school.
FOX23 is working on more from the Taylor campaign and will have another story for you on FOX23 News at 10 p.m.