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Poll shows Rice within single digits of Inhofe

Press Release_Oklahoma City_A poll released Monday by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and the Rice Campaign shows strong momentum for Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Andrew Rice and has him within striking distance of Sen. Jim Inhofe, who has been in Washington for 22 years.

Recent numbers show Rice at 41 to Inhofe's 50 percent. The State Senator and Democratic Nominee for the U.S. Senate said it is time our representatives in Washington to put people before politics.

"As your U.S. Senator, I will do what is right for Oklahoma and bring people together from all sides and parties to find solutions" Rice said. "These days, Oklahomans are struggling to pay for gas, worried about having health care and if their children are getting a quality education. It is not a time to play partisan politics. We need new leadership that will help find solutions to our problems."

This latest poll is one more major sign that Oklahomans are looking for someone who will represent the people of Oklahoma first, not their political party.  The Tulsa World's Sooner Poll showed the race at 52-30 in June and 60-19 in December. This latest poll, conducted Aug. 12-14, shows a sure and steady climb in statewide support for Rice.

Inhofe, who has served in Washington for 22 years and has been in politics for 40, has a job approval rating of 46 percent, according to the latest poll.

"Jim Inhofe has been in Washington a long time. Having received more than $1 million in contributions from big oil, he has lost his way from when Oklahomans first elected him," said Geri Prado, Rice's campaign manager. "It's time for a U.S. Senator who represents his constituents, not his contributors."
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