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Lankford Well Ahead of Johnson in Oklahoma Special Senate Race

Rasmussen Reports, 8/27-28 – 9/1

Oklahoma Special Senate

  • James Lankford – Republican – 58%
  • Connie Johnson – Democrat – 29%
  • Other – 2%
  • Undecided – 11%

A new Rasmussen Reports poll has revealed that Republican James Lankford holds a decisive lead over his opponent, Democrat Connie Johnson. The poll asked 750 likely voters, of which 47% were male and 53% were female, who they would vote for if an election were to occur. 58% of the voters said that they would vote for Lankford, 29% chose Johnson, and 11% were undecided.

Lankford’s commanding lead saw him take the gender vote. He scored 57% of male votes and 60% of female votes. He also scored more votes than Johnson in every major age bracket. He netted 46% of 18-39 year-olds, 59% of 40-64 year-olds, and 70% of the 65+ vote. In terms of approval ratings, Lankford scored a 56% while Johnson’s was only 30%.

How can Johnson improve her standing amongst voters? She will need to show them that she exists. 35% of voters haven’t even heard of Johnson before. For Lankford, the number of voters who haven’t heard of him is only 11%. There are several key issues which are splitting the demographic in the state. These issues include Obamacare, immigration, and the construction of the Key Stone XL Pipeline. These issues are clearly divided based on which party voters support. Naturally, those who support Lankford favor the construction of the pipeline, have an unfavorable view of Obamacare, and want to kick the illegal immigrants out while supporters of the Democrats share an opposite view.

It seems as if Lankford will win the election without any issues. His current standings are double those of his opponent and he has a more recognizable name that voters are familiar with.

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