Governor's Race Closer Than Polls Show?
By Michael McNutt/The Oklahoman ~ Oklahoma's gubernatorial race is closer than two recent national polls would indicate, four political consultants said Friday.
"I really do think it's up for grabs," said Odom, a consultant taking part in a "Political Junkies" discussion in Oklahoma City, sponsored by the University of Oklahoma Political Communications Center.
A study released this week by FiveThirtyEight and The New York Times shows Fallin has a 95.9 percent chance of beating Askins and predicts Fallin will win 55.3 percent of the vote.
A Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of likely voters released Friday shows Fallin picking up 60 percent support while Askins got 34 percent. The Rasmussen poll was conducted Thursday with 500 likely voters; it has a margin of sampling error of 4.5 percent. Fallin led last month's survey, 52 to 37 percent.
"Anyone that would underestimate Jari Askins in this race would be foolish," Hill said. The fact that both gubernatorial candidates are women has attracted a lot of attention, Hill said. The winner will be the state's first female governor.
"People are paying a lot more attention to the race," she said. "There's a lot more excitement on both sides.
"At the end of the day I think it will be a very hard fought and probably very negative campaign and who comes out on top depends on who does the best job... of getting out their own vote," Hill said.
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