This is from the Oklahoma State Senate Democrats:
Recent polling data out of Senate District 42 shows Sen. Cliff Aldridge’s re-election hopes continue to dim – which might explain why the Oklahoma GOP and State Senate Republicans are heading down I-35 into Southeast Oklahoma.
Poll numbers released today by the Oklahoma State Senate Democrat PAC from a recent automated poll of likely voters indicate that Sen. Aldridge’s biography and accomplishments do not move likely voters in his direction. When presented with straight biographic information about each candidate in SD 42, Sen. Aldridge and Mike Kelly were in a dead heat, with 36% of voters favoring Sen. Aldridge and 34% of voters favoring Kelly.
“These poll numbers paint Sen. Aldridge as extremely vulnerable,” said Jody Murphy, Executive Director of the Oklahoma State Senate Democrat PAC. “We believe that the wild goose chase they are engaged in down in Southeast Oklahoma has more to do with concern about holding Sen. Aldridge’s seat than excitement about Josh Brecheen and his long-shot campaign.”
State Senate Democrats point to the poll numbers in SD 42 as the reason for the sudden interest in the Senate seat in southeast Oklahoma currently held by Sen. Jay Paul Gumm, highlighting Sen. Aldridge’s weak showing as the motivation for the shift in attention from suburban Oklahoma City to southeast Oklahoma.
“As much as State Senate Republicans and campaign operatives want us to believe that they are fully behind Josh Brecheen and his long-shot candidacy in Southeast Oklahoma, we know better,” said Murphy. “It takes more than billboards and t-shirts to win a race against a wildly popular incumbent.”