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Poll: Bernie Sanders overtakes Hillary Clinton in Oklahoma

Just a day before Super Tuesday, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are about even in Oklahoma.

A poll released Monday shows Sanders in the lead in Oklahoma's Democratic primary, with a five-point lead over Clinton. That lead is within the poll's 5.7 percent margin of error.

Sanders polled at 48 percent to Clinton's 43 percent. Another 8 percent said they were undecided, and 1 percent said they planned to vote for another candidate.

Meanwhile, real estate mogul Donald Trump continued to lead the Republican field, with 35 percent. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz came in second, with 23 percent, and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio came in third, with 22 percent. The Republican poll has a 4.9 percent margin of error.

The survey of 703 Oklahoma likely voters was conducted by Monmouth University Polling Institute between Thursday and Sunday.

In an accompanying press release, pollsters noted that part of Sanders' success in Oklahoma may come from its relatively low percentage of minority voters. In Oklahoma, 75 percent of Democratic likely voters polled were non-Hispanic white. Meanwhile, in a separate poll conducted in Alabama, most Democratic likely voters pollsters contacted were black. Clinton has polled well among Southern black voters.

"The best chance for Sanders seems to be in places with largely white Democratic electorates," said pollster Patrick Murray. "Unfortunately for him, the most delegate-rich Super Tuesday states have significant numbers of minority voters."

About 44 percent of the voters polled said they had made a firm decision on which candidate would get their vote, including 7 percent who had already voted early or by absentee ballot. That percentage was higher among Trump supporters, 60 percent of whom said they were firmly committed to Trump.

Polls will be open in Oklahoma from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Voters must show proof of identity when voting. Acceptable forms of identification include an Oklahoma driver’s license or identification card, a U.S. passport or military identification card, or photo identification from a federally recognized tribe.

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Silas Allen

Silas Allen is a news reporter for The Oklahoman. He is a Missouri native and a 2008 graduate of the University of Missouri. Read more ›