Stitt Edmondson

Democrat Drew Edmondson (left), and Republican Kevin Stitt speak in Oklahoma City during the Oklahoma State School Boards Association forum before the gubernatorial runoff election. JIM BECKEL/The Oklahoman file

OKLAHOMA CITY — The latest public polling puts Republican Kevin Stitt ahead in the likely vote for Oklahoma governor but finds Democrat Drew Edmondson has a more favorable rating.

According to Oklahoma City-based political survey and research firm Cole Hargrave Snodgrass and Associates, Stitt is leading Edmondson by 6 percentage points.

The poll has Stitt, a Tulsa businessman, with 46 percent of the vote.

Edmondson, a former state attorney general, has 40 percent.

Libertarian Chris Powell has 4 percent of the vote. Powell, who lives in Bethany, handles evidence for the Oklahoma City Police Department.

The poll was conducted Sept. 25-29 and included 500 registered voters who are likely to participate in the Nov. 6 general election.

Despite the results on the vote question, the poll found that Edmondson had a better favorability rating than Stitt.

Some 47 percent found Edmondson strongly or somewhat favorable, while 42 percent found Stitt strongly or somewhat favorable.

About 17 percent found Stitt strongly unfavorable, while 13 percent found Edmondson strongly unfavorable.

Pat McFerron, president of the polling company, said the discrepancy “is because people aren’t always voting Kevin Stitt versus Drew Edmondson. They are voting Republican versus Democrat. That is a lot of the difference there.

Voters were asked whether they would be voting for a Republican or a Democrat if elections for the state Legislature were held today.

Some 49 percent of respondents said Republican, while 35 percent said Democrat. Another 16 percent were undecided.

The margin of error for the poll was 4.3 percent.

McFerron said the poll was not affiliated with a campaign or client. The company is known as a Republican polling firm.

“Momentum continues to grow for Kevin Stitt because he isn’t part of the political class that left our state in last place over the past two decades,” said Donelle Harder, a Stitt campaign spokeswoman.

“Oklahomans have a real choice between Kevin Stitt, an Oklahoma outsider with a plan to clean up a broken state government, or Drew Edmondson, a career politician who supported Hillary Clinton and would make a sharp left turn in Oklahoma’s future.”

Michael Clingman, Edmondson’s campaign manager, said the poll “shows a tight race and confirms that voters are in a bipartisan mood.”

“Drew’s momentum is reflected in the Cook Political Report, which just this morning moved the race from ‘likely Republican’ to ‘lean Republican.’

“Education is the key issue in this campaign. Drew is the only candidate with a plan to fund public education without raising taxes on families. We think that’s going to be the key on Nov. 6.”

In an earlier survey, SoonerPoll had Stitt with 46.6 percent of the vote to Edmondson’s 44.2 percent. Powell garnered 3.2 percent.

The poll was done Sept. 5 through Sept. 10 with 407 likely voters. The margin of error was 4.8 percent.

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Barbara Hoberock

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Capitol Bureau Writer

Barbara has covered the statehouse since 1994. She covers politics, appellate courts and state agencies. She has worked for the Tulsa World since 1990. Phone: 405-528-2465

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