Race for Senate seat still close, poll finds

By Michael Baker Published: October 12, 2004
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Despite heated debates and another week of accusatory advertising campaigns, the Oklahoma election race for a U.S. Senate seat remained about even, according to a KWTV NEWS 9 poll.

Oct. 12: Poll analysis with Chris Wilson

Monday's poll had U.S. Rep. Brad Carson, D-Claremore, maintaining the slim 2-percentage-point advantage he held last week over Tom Coburn.

The weekly poll, conducted by Wilson Research Strategies, has a margin of error of 4.5 percentage points

While Coburn, a Muskogee Republican, has not lost ground, his inability to win over undecided voters and Carson supporters may be hurting other conservative causes, said Chris Wilson, president of the Virginia-based polling company.

"Tom Coburn might actually be impacting (President) Bush's numbers," Wilson said. "That's clearly what happened this week; that's what drove (John) Kerry's numbers up this week."

While Bush maintained a sizable lead among Oklahomans over U.

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