Rep. James Lankford leads Tea Party challenger in poll

Rep. James Lankford led national Tea Party favorite T.W. Shannon in a survey of Oklahoma GOP primary voters commissioned for an organization supporting the congressman.

The Tarrance Group poll, conducted May 12-14 for Families for James Lankford, showed Lankford with 43 percent and Shannon at 33 percent with 18 percent undecided. The margin of error was plus or minus 4.5 percent.

Lankford, who serves in House Republican leadership as the Policy Committee chairman, is battling Shannon, a state legislator who recently stepped down as state speaker, for the seat being vacated by Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla.

In the survey memorandum obtained by the Washington Examiner, GOP pollsters Ed Goeas and B.J. Martino wrote that Lankford begins this contest with significant advantages.

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