The Oklahoma gubernatorial election of 1994 was held on November 7, 1994, and was a race for the Governor of Oklahoma. RepublicanFrank Keating pulled an upset in the three-way race to become only the third Republican governor in Oklahoma history. Wes Watkins, a former U.S. Congressman as a Democrat, spoiled Mildren's campaign by running as an independent. Watkins' performance in the election, obtaining 24% of the vote and carrying several counties, is one of the most notable performances for a third party candidate in modern U.S. history.