Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and New York Sen. Hillary Clinton came out atop the most recent Oklahoma Poll, the Tulsa World reports today.
But the poll also showed that Oklahoma Republicans and Democrats both like Arizona Sen. John McCain, "the only candidate from either party viewed favorably by a majority of all those surveyed," the World noted.
On the Republican side, Huckabee was preferred by 29 percent of voters, followed by McCain at 17 percent and Giuliani at 11 percent. The "Don't Know/Refused" category came in at a strong 22 percent.
Former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson, endorsed by Sen. Jim Inhofe and Rep. John Sullivan, came in at only 8 percent.
On the Democratic side, Clinton polled at 34 percent, former N.C. Sen. John Edwards at 25 percent, and Illinois Sen. Barack Obama at 15 percent.
In hypothetical head-to-head matchups, Clinton lost against the leading Republicans. Edwards, however, proved much stronger among Oklahoma voters.
Other matchups showed McCain a clear winner in Oklahoma, beating the three top Democrats.
Our take: Unfortunately for Oklahoma and its voters, Sooner State choices don't matter much on the national stage. Like it or not (and we don't like it), Oklahoma doesn't have the population base or the political standing to affect the national outcome in any significant way.
For more on the Oklahoma Poll, check out the Tulsa World by clicking here.