By Michael McNutt, Oklahoman
Gov.-elect Mary Fallin didn’t need Barack Obama to defeat her Democratic challenger, but a pollster says it would have been a lot closer race had not conservative Democrats joined Republicans to rail against the unpopular president.

Fallin, who will become Oklahoma’s first female governor when she is inaugurated in January, won 60 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s election. Democratic Lt. Gov. Jari Askins got 40 percent.

The anti-Obama tide of voters flooded a number of Democrats out of office and swept Republicans like Fallin to victory in the statewide races in Oklahoma and in many contests across the country.
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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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