By Randy Krehbiel/Tulsa World ~ Republican gubernatorial nominee Mary Fallin maintains a comfortable lead over Democrat Jari Askins heading into the final week of the campaign, according to the latest Oklahoma Poll.
In a statewide survey of 753 Oklahomans with a history of voting in previous elections, 56 percent said they plan to vote for Fallin, while 38 percent said they’ll vote for Askins.
Six percent were undecided.
The survey was conducted by SoonerPoll.com of Oklahoma City.
A similar poll in July separated the two candidates by just 6 points. Since then, support for Fallin has grown, while Askins’ appears to have slipped slightly.
But, while 80 percent of those surveyed said they were firm in their decisions, follow-up interviews suggested those decisions may be based on sketchy information.
“You see a lot more about (Fallin) than you do the other one,” explained Rickey Masters of Afton.
“I need to research it,” said James Sullivan of Bixby. “I’ve seen some of the ads. Mainly, I plan to vote for her because she’s a Republican and I’m a Republican. But until I’ve researched her record, I’m not really sure.
[Askins, meanwhile, says her in-house polling shows Fallin's lead to be in the single digits. Askins said she is gaining on Fallin.]