The Democratic challenger, who holds a double-digit lead, attracted more crossover votes, the poll indicates.

Kathy Taylor, the Democratic mayoral nominee, has opened a double-digit lead over the Republican incumbent, Bill LaFortune, the latest Oklahoma Poll shows.

In a telephone survey of 511 likely voters in Tuesday’s city elections, 49 percent said they would vote for Taylor, a former state commerce secretary making her first bid for elective office. LaFortune was the choice of 34 percent, and two independent candidates shared 3 percent. Fourteen percent were undecided or refused to answer.

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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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