Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Journal Record Survey: Business Leaders Favor Istook in GOP Primary

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Journal Record Survey: Business Leaders Favor Istook in GOP Primary

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A Journal Record survey of 231 Oklahoma business leaders indicates that 46 percent of Republican respondents say they will vote for U.S. Rep. Ernest Istook in the July 25 gubernatorial primary.

Coming in behind Istook were Bob Sullivan at 18 percent, Tulsa Sen. Jim Williamson with 4 percent and Jim Evanoff with 1 percent. A substantial 32 percent said they are undecided.

Chris Wilson, founder and CEO of Wilson Research Strategies, which conducted the survey, said there was a high number of undecided business leaders in several races.

I think what that shows is, your readers are busy, and at this point they haven't concentrated on the race to the extent that a third of them in the primary for governor haven't made up their mind yet, Wilson said.

Undecided numbers in Democratic primary races are even higher.

Democrats haven't concentrated on their elections in the least bit yet, Wilson said.

Of those surveyed, 56 percent said they plan to vote in the Republican primary, 33 percent in the Democratic contest, with 11 percent saying they do not plan to vote.

Wilson said the surveyed business people are almost twice as likely to vote Republican as Democrat.

I also think it's interesting that nine in 10 of them say they're going to vote in the primaries, he said.

Wilson said that a recent Virginia U.S. Senate primary that received national attention drew only 3.5 percent of voters.

Some 33 percent of Republicans said they will vote for Sen. Scott Pruitt, R-Broken Arrow, in the GOP primary for lieutenant governor, 25 percent for House Speaker Todd Hiett, R-Kellyville, and 6 percent for Sen. Nancy Riley, R-Tulsa, with 35 percent undecided.

Among the respondents, the GOP state treasurer primary is a horse race, with 25 percent going for Howard Barnett, 26 percent for Daniel Keating, and 49 percent undecided.

In the crowded Republican primary for Istook's 5th Congressional District seat, Lt. Gov. Mary Fallin drew 27 percent, Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett 26 percent, Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner Denise Bode 17 percent, Oklahoma City Rep. Fred Morgan 9 percent, Del City Rep. Kevin Calvey 6 percent and Dr. …

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