Oklahoma voters to choose president, senator

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Political polls and history lean in favor of the Republican Party in today's presidential election in Oklahoma.

The latest surveys give GOP standard bearer John McCain about a 2-1 lead over Democrat Barack Obama in Oklahoma, which hasn't voted Democratic in a presidential race since 1964, but has more Democrats than Republicans as registered voters.

The winning campaign will be historic, either yielding the first black U.S. president or the first female vice president.

As for Congress, incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe has a strong lead in the polls over his Democratic challenger, state Sen. Andrew Rice.

The five U.S. House members from Oklahoma, four of which are Republicans, seem to be safe bets for re-election.

The 2004 presidential election brought out a record 1.46 million Oklahomans to the polls.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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