USSenateTWBy RANDY KREHBIEL World Staff Writer

Fifth District Congressman James Lankford held a narrow lead over former Oklahoma Speaker of the House T.W. Shannon heading into the final week of their U.S. Senate primary campaign, according to the latest Oklahoma Poll.

Lankford led Shannon 41 percent to 38 percent in a survey of 415 likely voters in Tuesday’s election. The survey was conducted June 14-18 by and has a 4.81 percent margin of error.

Former state Sen. Randy Brogdon was at 3 percent, with the other four candidates on Tuesday’s ballot totaling 2 percent. Sixteen percent were undecided.

The poll results indicate a runoff between Lankford and Shannon is likely despite the low total for the other five candidates on the ballot.

Overwhelmingly, those surveyed said they wanted a “like-for-like” replacement for retiring U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn. Nearly two-thirds said it was “very important” to elect someone who would vote much the same as Coburn. Another 26 percent said it was “somewhat important.”

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About the Oklahoma Poll

The poll of 415 likely voters was conducted June 14-18 by with live interviewers, using a random digit-dialing technique that included cellphone and landline telephone numbers. Results were weighted by age and congressional district. 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.

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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.


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