The SoonerPoll reported over the weekend that Congresswoman Mary Fallin has a huge lead over possible gubernatorial primary opponent J. C. Watts and announced opponent Senator Randy Brogdon.
The late April poll shows Fallin preferred among registered Republicans with 45.3 percent of the vote to 25.9 percent for Watts, who has not announced his candidacy. Brogdon, of Owasso, got 5 percent.
In a two-way race for the Democratic nomination Lt. Governor Jari Askins had 33.9 percent and Attorney General Drew Edmondson had 28.6 percent.
The sampling was of 168 registered Democrats, 139 registered Republicans and 11 independents. It was conducted April 23-26 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 5.5 percentage points.
Of the Republicans surveyed, 23.7 percent indicated they did not have a preference or declined to answer.
“I think J.C. not having been on the ballot since 2002 is having an impact on his numbers. Memories are short in politics” said Bill Shapard of The SoonerPoll, which he heads with political science professor, author and pollster Keith Gaddie.
“I think if J.C. is going to run and be a viable candidate, he’s almost going to have to reintroduce himself to the electorate. We’ve had a few more football stars since he last ran,” Shapard told The Associated Press.
Shapard said the poll shows Askins and Edmondson “are well known among the Democratic electorate, which is evidently divided between the two. I think that is going to be a dogfight primary if Edmondson finally commits to the race.”