Hofmeister told CNN’s Erin Burnett on Friday that her decision came with “a lot of personal reflection.”
“Governor Stitt has hijacked the Republican Party here in Oklahoma,” Hofmeister said on “OutFront.” “The extremism and divisive partisanship has really left a lot of Oklahomans behind, and I think there’s too much to fight for to simply let that go.”
Stitt’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic was a top reason for Hofmeister’s decision to challenge the incumbent, she said, and she told Burnett that “we needed a leader who could have prepared Oklahomans for the pandemic. We have experienced unnecessary disruption and loss of life.”
As of October 7, Oklahoma has suffered 9,213 Covid deaths and 622,335 confirmed cases, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.