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REPUBLICAN PRIMARY: James Lankford and T.W. Shannon Nearly Tied In U.S. Senate Primary

By Nathan Elliott, News 9

OKLAHOMA CITY – Congressman James Lankford and former Oklahoma House Speaker T.W. Shannon share a nearly even lead in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate, according to a News 9/News On 6 poll.

The survey of 580 likely Republican voters shows 33.8 percent favor Lankford, while 31.9 percent support Shannon.

Remaining candidates had single digit support in the poll, including former state senator Randy Brogdon (4.5 percent), college professor Kevin Crow (1.7 percent), paramedic Jason Weger (1.5 percent), businessmen Eric McCray (0.6 percent) and Andy Craig (0.6 percent). One-quarter of respondents said they are undecided.

Candidates are running to fill the last two years of Sen. Tom Coburn’s term.  Coburn’s sudden retirement announcement in January has already played a role in the election, said Bill Shapard, CEO of SoonerPoll.com,

“Nobody really had an opportunity to put together an operation to prepare for his retirement,” explained Shapard.

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DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY: Most Oklahoma Democrats Undecided In U.S. Senate Primary

By Nathan Elliott, News 9

OKLAHOMA CITY – Democrats running for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Sen. Tom Coburn have a lot of voters to convince.

A News 9/News On 6 poll indicates 76.3 percent of likely Democrat voters are undecided, six weeks before the June 24 primary election.

The poll shows 9.4 percent favor Midwest City resident Jim Rogers, 9.2 percent prefer state Sen. Connie Johnson and five percent support Anadarko resident Patrick Michael Hayes.

“The Democrats right now are suffering for a lack of engagement,” said Bill Shapard, CEO of SoonerPoll.com. “[Conservative Democrats] are more or less thinking, ‘I’m not going to vote or I may vote for the Republican,’ and that’s the reason why we have a lot of Republicans win in a state that’s still dominated by Democrat registration.”

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