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Election 2008: Oklahoma Senate Election
Oklahoma Senate: Inhofe Safe in Re-Election Bid

Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe is cruising towards re-election in November. The first Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of the U.S. Senate race finds the incumbent leading Democratic challenger Andrew Rice 55% to 39%.

Inhofe has served in the Senate for the last fourteen years and serves on the Committee on Armed Serves and Environment and Public Works. Rice is currently serving in the state’s senate.

Inhofe has a dominate 65% to 29% lead among unaffiliated voters in Oklahoma. While he leads 62% to 34% among men, he has just a 49% to 45% edge among women.

The incumbent is viewed favorably by 59% and unfavorably by 34%. Rice is still much less known to voters. The challenger is viewed favorably by 45%, unfavorably by 38%, and 18% have no opinion of him.

Okahoma Governor Brad Henry (D) earns good or excellent ratings from 53% of voters, while just 13% say he is doing a poor job.

John McCain has a big lead over Barack Obama in Oklahoma’s presidential race.

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This telephone survey of 500 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports September 11, 2008. The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

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Oklahoma Trends: Inhofe vs. Rice

Date

Inhofe

Rice

9/11/2008

55%

39%


Favorable Ratings for Senate Candidates in Oklahoma

 

Inhofe

Rice

Very Favorable

28%

14%

Somewhat Favorable

31%

31%

Somewhat Unfavorable

13%

21%

Very Unfavorable

21%

16%

Not Sure

7%

18%


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Scott Rasmussen, president of Rasmussen Reports, has been an independent pollster for more than a decade.