Republican Jim Bridenstine appears headed to victory by a wide margin in the 1st Congressional District, according to the latest Oklahoma Poll.
Bridenstine was the choice of 55 percent of the 428 likely voters surveyed Oct. 25-31 by SoonerPoll.com. Democrat John Olson was at 24 percent, and independent Craig Allen was at 4 percent.
Seventeen percent were undecided.
The three have engaged in a lively campaign since Bridenstine knocked out incumbent John Sullivan in the June 26 Republican primary. Olson had hoped to pick up crossover votes from Sullivan loyalists and from moderate Republicans, but the survey indicates that that hasn’t happened.
Only 5 percent of the Republicans surveyed said they would vote for Olson, the same percentage as said they would vote for Allen. Seventy-seven percent of the Republicans said they would vote for Bridenstine.
Bridenstine, on the other hand, gets nearly 30 percent of the Democratic vote.
“I’m pulling for him, and I know my wife is, too, even though she’s a Democrat,” said Keith Mangrum of Mounds.
About the poll
The poll of 300 likely voters was conducted by Soonerpoll.com using a random digit dialing technique that included both cellphone and landline telephone numbers.
Interviewers collected the data Oct. 25-31. Results were weighted by gender, political party and phone status (cell phone only/landline only/both). The Tulsa World sponsored the poll.
The margin of error is plus or minus 5.66 percentage points. This poll conforms to the Standards of Disclosure of the National Council on Public Polls. A complete description of the methodology can be found here.