August 24, 2005
Bill Shapard

Watts will not run for governor

The ex-lawmaker says it is not the right time for him to seek the GOP nomination in 2006.

Former U.S.� Rep. J.C. Watts announced Tuesday� that he will not seek the Republican� nomination for governor next year.

"I have determined that the timing� for such an adventure is not right at� this point in our lives, and that I will� not enter the race for the Republican� nomination for governor in 2006,"� Watts said.

Considered a key Republican contender for the top office in state government, Watts said he made the decision after consultation with his� family.

"It's been extremely difficult trying to come to this conclusion, simply because I do think I could win," Watts said. "I don't think it would be easy, but if it was easy, everybody would be doing it."

In an Oklahoma Poll in late June,� Watts drew 33.9 percent to incumbent� Democrat Brad Henry's 48.5 percent� with 17.6 percent undecided, in a� mock gubernatorial race.

The Oklahoma Poll is cosponsored� by the Tulsa World and KOTV, Channel 6. The survey, conducted of 750� registered voters statewide by Oklahoma City-based, has a margin� of error of 3.6 percent.

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Bill Shapard

Bill is the founder of and ShapardResearch, a full service market research firm based in Oklahoma City. Bill began his career in polling after working on a major campaign in Oklahoma from 1996 until founding SoonerPoll in 2004.