Executive Q&A: Oklahoman heads polls, analysis and strategies for presidential hopeful
By Paula Burkes

Chris Wilson vividly remembers his excitement when his parents took him, at age 8, to a big rally at the Lawton airport for Gerald Ford during the 1976 general election.

It’s what recently spurred him to push hard for presidential candidate Ted Cruz, on the day before the presidential primary here, to add Lawton to his Oklahoma visit, which was the edge, Wilson believes, for Cruz to win the state.

Wilson’s firm, Oklahoma City-based WPA Opinion Research, is handling polling, analysis and digital strategy for the Cruz campaign. The meticulous technologically advanced, highly individualized ground game “drives every issue in the campaign, including scheduling,” he said.

Founded in 2004, WPA employs 25, including 10 in Oklahoma City, 11 in Washington, D.C., and others in Austin, Texas, and Denver. Aside from quick visits home to see his family, Wilson is spending most of his time at the Cruz headquarters in Houston and on the campaign trail.

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