Poll: Runoff Likely in Okla. GOP Primary to Replace Sen. Coburn

Friday, 16 May 2014 12:58 PM

By John A. Oswald

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
The GOP primary battle in Oklahoma to fill the final two years of Republican U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn's six-year term looks headed for a runoff, a new poll indicates.

Seven Republicans are on the ballot in the upcoming June 24 contest. The top two candidates, Rep. James Lankford and Oklahoma House Speaker T.W. Shannon are now neck and neck.

The News 9/News On 6 poll of 580 likely GOP voters has Lankford with 33.8 percent and Shannon with 31.9 percent. The results mirror results of other polls taken over the last month.

The other five candidates scored no higher than 4.5 percent, and one-quarter of the Republicans surveyed said they've yet to make up their mind. Primary rules demand the nominee to win more than 50 percent of the vote. If there is a subsequent runoff, it will be Aug. 26, and the winner would face a Democratic challenger in a special Nov. 4 election.

The Democratic primary battle has proven impossible to read. The same poll found 76.2 percent of likely voters undecided.

Coburn said in January he would leave office after this session of Congress. The 65-year-old obstetrician has battled prostate cancer but insisted his decision to step down had nothing to do with his health.

Calling Washington "dysfunctional," he said: "As a citizen, I am now convinced that I can best serve my own children and grandchildren by shifting my focus elsewhere."

Lankford was considered the early front-runner, and held a 36-point lead early on.

But Shannon, who is black and a member of the influential Native American tribe, Chickasaw Nation, has eroded those numbers. He has the support of both former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who calls Shannon "a strong constitutional conservative."

Palin has said Shannon is proof of that the GOP embraces diversity.

"The Democrats accuse us of not embracing diversity? Oh, my goodness, he is — he's it. He is the whole package," she said at a Shannon rally in April.

Related Stories:


© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Ex-Official: Defense Secretary's Skill Set Changing

Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 17:07 PM

The skills needed to run the Defense Department have changed in the past two years since Chuck Hagel took the reins, say . . .

Insiders: Hagel Not the Only Problem With Foreign Policy Team

Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 13:31 PM

Getting rid of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel isn't going to be the solution for repairing the problems with President Ba . . .

Sen. Portman on Prez Bid: 'Let's Legislate' Before Talking 2016

Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 13:04 PM

Ohio Sen. Rob Portman pushed back on any suggestion that he is running for president, even as several headlines have sug . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved