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OKLAHOMA - Super Tuesday is just hours away, and Oklahoma voters could play a key role in this year's primary election.

According to a Monmouth University poll, Bernie Sanders is currently edging out Hilary in the democratic primary.

On the republican side, Donald Trump commands the field with 35 percent, with a distant battle for second place between Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio.

Rubio made his second stop in Oklahoma on Monday, hoping to gain some ground as Oklahoma decides.

He was flanked by former Louisiana Governor, Bobby Jindal, and Oklahoma Senator David Holt.

The group spend much of the night, attacking Donald Trump's brazen campaign strategy.

The GOP front runner was even referenced in an opening prayer, by Hobby Lobby co-founder David Green.

"There is no place for bigotry, for prejudice, for hatred," said Rubio to the crowd.

Christianity played a role throughout the rally, with Rubio calling for the Bible Belt's backing.

"You have a right to believe anything you want, but for those of us  who are seeking live in accordance with our faith, our Christian faith," said Rubio. "We are called to emulate the toughest man that ever lived, Jesus Christ."

Ahead of Tuesday's election, the Oklahoma State Election Board is hard at work making sure Oklahoma voters are prepared to have their voices heard.

The Board sent out the following tips, everyone should remember before leaving for the polls:

BE PREPARED AND KNOW YOUR POLLING PLACE

Study the candidates before going to the polls. Look at your sample ballot using the election board’s Online Voter Tool at www.elections.ok.gov. You can also use the tool to find your polling place or track the status of your absentee ballot.

ELECTION DAY VOTING

Polls are open statewide from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day. Lines at the polls are longest before work, during the lunch hour and after work. Voters can save time by voting during “off-peak” hours – usually from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

KNOW WHO CAN VOTE IN PRIMARIES

Oklahoma has a modified closed primary system. Normally, only those registered in a party are allowed to vote in the party’s primaries and runoff primaries. However, the law allows recognized parties to notify the Oklahoma State Election Board if they want to let Independent voters participate in their primaries. The Democratic Party is allowing Independents to vote in their primaries in 2016 and 2017. Republicans declined to open their primaries to Independent voters.

PROOF OF IDENTITY

Oklahoma law requires every voter who votes in person at the precinct polling place or during early voting at the County Election Board to show proof of identity before receiving a ballot.

There are three ways for voters to prove their identity under the law (only one proof of identity is required):

  1. Show a valid photo ID issued by the federal, state, or tribal government; or
  2. Show the free voter identification card issued to every voter by their County Election Board; or
  3.  Sign an affidavit and vote a provisional ballot. (If the information on the affidavit matches official voter registration records, the ballot will be counted after Election Day.)