State Sen. Andrew Rice, an Oklahoma City Democrat who is challenging Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, for his U.S. Senate seat, is nine points down in a new poll released by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
According to the poll, Inhofe leads Rice in Oklahoma by a margin of 50 percent to 41 percent, with 9 percent undecided. The poll was taken from Aug. 12 to Aug. 14 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percent; 600 likely voters made up the sample.
Rice’s campaign said the poll shows the race is narrowing.
“Jim Inhofe has been in Washington a long time,” said Rice’s campaign manager, Geri Prado.
“Having received more than $1 million in contributions from big oil, he has lost his way from when Oklahomans first elected him. It’s time for a U.S. Senator who represents his constituents, not his contributors.”
According to the poll, 62 percent of the respondents think the country is on the wrong track, compared to 23 percent that believe it’s moving in the right direction.
And 46 percent believe Inhofe, who has been in the U.S. Senate since 1994, is doing an excellent or good job, while 47 percent believe he’s doing a fair or poor job.
Inhofe’s campaign manager Josh Kivett wasn’t impressed with the results of the poll, saying Rice “remains uncompetitive despite spending nearly $500,000 on a statewide TV and radio blitz, coordinating a misleading media campaign against Senator Inhofe with a California-based political attack committee and having almost a full year of campaigning under his belt.”
Kivett made note of the fact that Rice’s opponent in the Democratic primary last month got 40 percent of the vote, despite not running a campaign. And he said that showing by Rice proves “that Democratic voters have not unified behind his message or his candidacy.”