Tulsa World: Nonpartisan Tulsa election may be decided by partisan voters

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By RANDY KREHBIEL World Staff Writer

The math is simple.

To win Tuesday’s mayoral election, Kathy Taylor has to get some Republican votes — or get Republican voters to stay home.

About 46,000 more Republicans than Democrats are registered to vote Tuesday, and even though the election is supposed to be nonpartisan, it is no secret that Taylor is the Democrat on the ballot.

Incumbent Dewey Bartlett is the Republican.

And, according to an Oklahoma Poll conducted last week, Bartlett is doing better with Democrats than Taylor is with Republicans. If that trend holds up, only a greatly superior voter turnout effort by the Taylor campaign can return her to the office she held from 2006 to 2009.

Overall, Bartlett leads Taylor 49 percent to 38 percent, as reported in Sunday’s Tulsa World. Drilling down deeper, Bartlett is getting 77 percent of the Republican vote and 21 percent of the Democrat vote, compared to 66 percent of the Democrats and just 11 percent of Republicans for Taylor.

Independents, who make up about one-eighth of the city’s eligible voters, favor Bartlett over Taylor, 44 percent to 41 percent.

The brightest spot for Taylor in the poll conducted Nov. 1-5 is that it shows Bartlett short of a majority. But Taylor’s prospects of picking up enough of the undecided votes to make a difference are fairly dim.

Ideologically and by party affiliation, the undecideds are almost evenly divided between liberal and conservative, Democrat and Republican.

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About the Oklahoma Poll

The poll of 401 likely voters was conducted November 1-5 by SoonerPoll.com, using a random digit-dialing technique that included cellphone and landline telephone numbers. Results were weighted by gender, age and party. The poll was sponsored by the Tulsa World. The margin of error is plus or minus 4.9 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.

The full Call Dispositions and Rate Calculations were calculated by SoonerPoll.com and is available here.

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Bill is the founder of SoonerPoll.com and ShapardResearch, a full service market research firm based in Oklahoma City. Bill began his career in polling after working on a major campaign in Oklahoma from 1996 until founding SoonerPoll in 2004. Under Bill’s leadership, SoonerPoll has become the leading public opinion polling company in the state of Oklahoma conducting more public opinion polls for Oklahoma news media than all other pollsters combined since 2006. Bill’s commitment to go above and beyond the AAPOR ethical guidelines of minimum disclosure ensures that SoonerPoll produces quality results every time. Bill has lectured at Oklahoma State University on developing polling methodologies, data collection processes, and advanced likely voter sampling techniques. Bill also serves as an on-air political commentator for Oklahoma television stations.

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