NEWS9/NEWS ON 6 POLL: First Independent Polling of Oklahoma’s U.S. Senate Primary


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,

“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 “[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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Bill is the founder of 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.


  1. better get a realistic poll you will be eating crow come election night Nathan…you do know that Shannon is a clone of Tom Cole politicla power broker and RINO supreme don.t you


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