Sen. Jim Inhofe continues to maintain a double-digit lead over challenger Andrew Rice, but it has dwindled steadily in the past six weeks, according to a poll for KFOR in Oklahoma City.
According to the most recent SurveyUSA numbers, from a poll of 561 likely voters over the weekend, Inhofe, a Tulsa Republican, was favored by 51 percent. That is down from 53 percent in late September and down from 56 percent in early September.
Rice, a Democratic state senator from Oklahoma City, was at 39 percent last weekend, up from 37 percent in late September and 34 percent in early September.
Independent Stephen Wallace was at 7 percent last weekend, about the same as he’s been for the past six weeks. Undecided has been at 4 percent or 3 percent for that period.
According to SurveyUSA, there has been a major shift in Indepedent voters’ preferences. Six weeks ago, Inhofe led by 23 points among Independents; now he trails by 12 points.
Meanwhile, the SurveyUSA poll for KFOR shows Sen. John McCain, the Republican, with a 24-point lead over Democratic Sen. Barack Obama in the presidential race in Oklahoma. McCain’s 59-35 lead is actually down from a 64-34 lead in late September.