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June 28, 2010
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Wesley Burt

Insurance Commissioner race a statistical dead heat

The Race for State Insurance Commissioner is a statistical dead heat as the Republican John Doak leads the Incumbent Democrat Kim Holland by less than a point.

The statewide poll shows Doak leading receiving 33.2 percent of the vote while Holland receives 32.4, while 34.4 percent said the were still undecided.� It should be noted that this poll only included the announced candidates at the time the survey was fielded.

"This race gives a good indication of the mood of the electorate and shows the slight advantage the Republicans have this year all the way down the ticket," Bill Shapard, CEO of SoonerPoll.com, said.� "John Doak has never run for office before, while Commissioner Holland has, and the unknown challenger has�a slight lead on the incumbent.� This indicates the electorate, overall, is more likely to vote Republican this year -- even for candidates they do not particularly know."

SoonerPoll.com conducted the scientific study using live interviewers by telephone of 503 likely voters from May 25 � June 8, 2010. The study has a margin of error of � 4.4 percent.

Holland has served as Oklahoma�s State Insurance Commissioner since being appointed by Governor Brad Henry in 2005 following the indictment and resignation Carroll Fisher. In 2006 Holland won reelection after out fund-raising a former state representative Bill Case, five to one.

Doak, a Tulsa area businessman and insurance professional, said that if elected he would �be a strong voice advocating for Oklahoma consumers, while being fair to businesses who create jobs in our economy.�

Filing for candidacy ended June 9 and saw the addition of two Republican candidates who were not included in the poll, which was completed on June 8.� The former State Insurance Commisioner John P. Crawford has announced his candidacy for the office along with Mark Croucher, an insurance agency owner in Jenks, Okla.

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