|Updated: 11/12/2013 11:23 pm
||Published: 11/12/2013 11:01 pm
FOX23 sat in with former mayor's Susan Savage and Bill Lafortune.
They've been on the winning and losing side of a campaign in the past.
They told FOX23 where the city has been and where they believe it's heading.
Both talked about the anxiety leading up to the final minutes of the final counts.
Of course, this was all pre-election results.
Both described watch parties as an opportunity to relax after all the hard work.
Savage told FOX23, "You enter a zone and you know you've done everything you can possibly do."
Lafortune told FOX23, "There's nothing you can do that last day that's going to change the outcome."
The outcome: Mayor Bartlett won the election.
How the concession speech is prepared.
In the midst of watch parties and last minute votes, candidates can't help but watch every second of the clock. Former mayor Susan Savage told FOX23,
"there's nothing you can do that last day that's going to change the outcome."
Control is shifted from nominee's hands to that of voters.
FOX23 took a behind-the-scenes look into KRMG studios. We watched the two former mayors share their expert analysis.
"We shouldn't be fighting, arguing, being polarized," Savage told FOX23. She won her first term in 1992.
"Mayor Bartlett was on the City Council then," she explains.
She lost the title 10 years later to former mayor Bill Lafortune.
"Tulsa needs a leader that continues to move the city forward," said Lafortune.
He talked about the struggles of competing for the job as mayor while still in office.
"You've got to run the city day-to-day as well as campaign."
Competitors on the political landscape, now sitting together, and agreeing on what Tulsa needs: jobs, growth and stability.