Republican Markwayne Mullin appears headed to victory in the sometimes-bitter 2nd Congressional District race with Democrat Rob Wallace.
An Oklahoma Poll of 300 likely voters, conducted Oct. 25-31, gives Mullin a 12-point plurality against Wallace and independent Michael Fulks, with 18 percent undecided or declining to answer. The poll has a 5.66 percentage point margin of error.
Although the district is majority Democrat in registration, only 43 percent of Democrats surveyed said they intend to vote for Wallace, with 20 percent undecided.
“The Democrat Party I joined years ago, they’ve kicked me out with their beliefs,” said David Boyd, one of the 34 percent of Democrats who said they intend to vote for Mullin.
Boyd and his wife, Carla Boyd, who are retired and live south of Vinita, said they respect Mullin for building up his family’s plumbing business and that there are “too many giveaways and (people who) don’t have to work.”
“Every kid on the block has a picture-taking cell phone,” David Boyd said. “It’s very annoying to see the direction we’ve gone in the past few years.”
Robert Lunsford of Atoka said he has spoken to Mullin and found him to be a straight shooter.
“What I like about him – if asked a question, he’ll give an upfront answer,” Lunsford said.
“Our country is in mortal danger,” Lunsford said. “We need people who will stand up for values.”
Lunsford said he is most concerned about the national debt, deficit spending and “social values.”
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.