United States House of Representatives elections in Oklahoma, 2012

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The 2012 congressional elections in Oklahoma were held on November 6, 2012, to determine who would represent the state of Oklahoma in the United States House of Representatives. Oklahoma has five seats in the House, apportioned according to the 2010 United States Census. Representatives are elected for two-year terms; those elected will serve in the 113th Congress from January 3, 2013, until January 3, 2015.

Redistricting[edit]

A redistricting bill which made only minor alterations to the state's congressional districts was signed into law by Governor Mary Fallin on May 10, 2011. The new map was approved by every member of the congressional delegation.[1]

Overview[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections in Oklahoma, 2012[2]
Party Votes Percentage Seats Before Seats After +/–
Republican 856,872 64.62 4 5 +1
Democratic 410,324 30.95 1 0 -1
Independent 48,169 3.63 0 0 0
Modern Whig 5,394 0.41 0 0 0
Libertarian 5,176 0.39 0 0 0
Totals 1,325,935 100.00% 5 5 ±0
Voter turnout

District 1[edit]

In redistricting, parts of Rogers County, including suburbs east of Tulsa, were moved from the 1st district to the 2nd.[1] Republican John Sullivan, who has represented the 1st district since 2002, will seek re-election.

Jim Bridenstine, a U.S. Navy combat pilot, will challenge Sullivan in the Republican primary.[3] State Senator Randy Brogdon, who alternatively may run in the 2nd congressional district, will not challenge Sullivan in the Republican primary.[4]

John Olson, a businessman and Army reservist, won the Democratic nomination unopposed.[5]

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Republican Primary results[6]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John Sullivan (Incumbent) 24,045 46.17%
Republican Jim Bridenstine 28,038 53.83%
Totals 52,083 100%

General Election[edit]

Oklahoma 1st Congressional District 2012[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jim Bridenstine 181,084 63.5%
Democratic John Olson 91,421 32%
Independent Craig Allen 12,807 4.5%
Totals 285,312 100%

District 2[edit]

In redistricting, the 2nd district acquired conservative parts of Rogers County and Democratic-leaning parts of Marshall County.[1] Democrat Dan Boren, who has represented the 2nd district since 2005, will not seek re-election.[7]

Wayne Herriman, a businessman,[8] and Rob Wallace, a former district attorney and assistant U.S. Attorney,[9] will seek the Democratic nomination to succeed Boren. Former state Senator Ben Robinson,[10] Muskogee County District 1 commissioner Gene Wallace,[11] and state Senator Jim Wilson,[12] may also seek the Democratic nomination. Former U.S. Representative Brad Carson, who represented the 2nd district from 2001 until 2005,[13] and former state Senator Kenneth Corn,[14] both of whom had planned to run, ultimately declined to do so.

State Representative George Faught;[15] plumbing company owner Markwayne Mullin;[16] former state Representative Wayne Pettigrew;[17] Tishomingo city attorney and former mayor Dustin Rowe;[18] pastor Dwayne Thompson;[19] and retired Marine Corps lieutenant colonel Dakota L. Wood,[4] will seek the Republican nomination. State Senator Josh Brecheen;[12][20] former state Senator Randy Brogdon, who may alternatively run in the 1st congressional district;[4] and former state Representative Tad Jones,[12][20] may also seek the Republican nomination. Charles Thompson, a veterinarian who unsuccessfully challenged Boren as the Republican nominee in 2010, will not run.[21]

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

  • Wayne Herriman
  • Earl E. Everett
  • Rob Wallace

Results[edit]

Democratic Primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Wayne Herriman 28,602 41.6%
Democratic Earl E. Everett 8,469 12.3%
Democratic Rob Wallace 31,755 46.1%
Totals 68,747 %
Democratic Run-Off Primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Wayne Herriman 18,901 43%
Democratic Rob Wallace 25,073 57%
Totals 43,974 100%

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

  • Dustin Rowe
  • Dakota Wood
  • Markwayne Mullin
  • Dwayne Thompson
  • George Faught
  • Wayne Pettigrew

Results[edit]

Republican Primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Dustin Rowe 2,866 10.13%
Republican Dakota Wood 3,474 12.28%
Republican Markwayne Mullin 12,004 42.42%
Republican Dwayne Thompson 901 3.18%
Republican George Faught 6,578 23.24%
Republican Wayne Pettigrew 2,477 8.75%
Totals 28,300 100%
Run-Off[edit]
Republican Run-Off Primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Markwayne Mullin 12,046 57%
Republican George Faught 9,159 43%
Totals 21,205 100%

General election[edit]

Oklahoma 2nd Congressional District 2012[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Markwayne Mullin 143,701 57.3%
Democratic Rob Wallace 96,081 38.3%
Independent Michael G. Fulks 10,830 4.3%
Totals 250,612 100.00%

District 3[edit]

In redistricting, the 3rd district expanded to include parts of Canadian County and Creek County.[1] Republican Frank Lucas has represented the 3rd district since 1994. Tim Murray, a business consultant, will seek the Democratic nomination to challenge Lucas.[22]

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

  • Timothy Ray Murray
  • Frankie Robbins

Results[edit]

Democratic Primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Timothy Ray Murray 9,252 52%
Democratic Frankie Robbins 8,429 47%
Totals 17,681 100%

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Republican Primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Frank Lucas (Incumbent) 33,454 89%
Republican William Craig Stump 4,492 11%
Totals 37,946 100%

General Election[edit]

Oklahoma 3rd Congressional District 2012[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Frank D. Lucas 201,744 75.3%
Democratic Timothy Ray Murray 53,472 20.0%
Independent William M. Sanders 12,787 4.8%
Totals 268,003 100%

District 4[edit]

Over the decade leading up to the 2010 Census, the 4th district had grown in population more than any other district in Oklahoma. As a result, parts of Canadian County, Cleveland County and Marshall County were moved out of the 4th district in redistricting.[1] Republican Tom Cole has represented the 4th district since 2003. Donna Bebo, a stay-at-home mother, will seek the Democratic nomination to challenge Cole.[23]

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

  • Donna Marie Bebo
  • Bert Smith

Results[edit]

Democratic Primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Donna Marie Bebo 11,935 58%
Democratic Bert Smith 8,532 41%
Totals 20,467 100%

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Republican Primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tom Cole (Incumbent) 22,840 87%
Republican Gary D. Caissie 3,195 12%
Totals 26,035 100%

General Election[edit]

Oklahoma 4th Congressional District 2012[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tom Cole (Incumbent) 176,740 67.9%
Democratic Donna Marie Bebo 71,846 27.6%
Independent RJ Harris 11,745 4.5%
Totals 260,331 100%

District 5[edit]

Republican James Lankford, who has represented the 5th district since January 2011, is running for re-election.[1] Tom Guild, a former political science professor at the University of Central Oklahoma and unsuccessful Democratic primary candidate for the 5th district in 2010, is seeking the Democratic nomination to challenge Lankford.[24] There was no primary for ether party as both Lankford and Guild ran unopposed for the Republican and Democratic nomination respectively and will face Modern Whig Party candidate Pat Martin and Libertarian nominee Robert T. Murphy in the general election.

Oklahoma 5th Congressional District 2012[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican James Lankford (Incumbent) 153,603 58.7%
Democratic Tom Guild 97,504 37.3%
Modern Whig Party Pat Martin 5,394 2.1%
Libertarian Robert T. Murphy 5,176 2%
Totals 261,677 100%

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Toeplitz, Shira (June 8, 2011). "Race Ratings: Boren's Exit Makes for Tossup". Roll Call. Retrieved June 28, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Oklahoma Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election". 
  3. ^ "GOP Navy vet to challenge Sullivan in 1st District". Houston Chronicle. September 16, 2011. Retrieved September 22, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c Krehbiel, Randy (August 20, 2011). "Two more in the GOP fold mulling bid for Congress". Tulsa World. Retrieved August 23, 2011. 
  5. ^ Krehbiel, Randy (January 24, 2012). "Tulsa businessman John Olson plans congressional run to replace Sullivan". Tulsa World. Retrieved January 25, 2012. 
  6. ^ www.news9.com (June 27, 2012). "Election Results". Retrieved August 19, 2012. 
  7. ^ Juozapavicius, Justin; Jackson, Henry C. (June 7, 2011). "Dan Boren Retiring: Oklahoma Congressman Won't Seek Another Term". The Huffington Post. Retrieved June 24, 2011. 
  8. ^ Smoot, D.E. (September 23, 2011). "Herriman to run for Congress". Muskogee Phoenix. Retrieved September 23, 2011. 
  9. ^ Catanese, David (October 11, 2011). "Dem prosecutor announces for Boren seat". Politico. Retrieved October 11, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Former State Rep. Kenneth Corn Decides Not To Run For 2nd District Congressional Seat". NewsOn6.com. August 10, 2011. Retrieved August 10, 2011. 
  11. ^ Toeplitz, Shira (July 19, 2011). "Boren in the Mix for Top University Spot". Roll Call. Retrieved July 19, 2011. 
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  13. ^ Krehbiel, Randy (June 29, 2011). "Brad Carson won't seek Second District seat vacated by Boren". Tulsa World. Retrieved June 29, 2011. 
  14. ^ Toeplitz, Shira (August 10, 2011). "Another Democrat Bows Out of Race to Replace Boren". Roll Call. Retrieved August 10, 2011. 
  15. ^ "Muskogee State Lawmaker To Run For Dan Boren's Seat". NewsOn6.com. July 14, 2011. Retrieved August 23, 2011. 
  16. ^ Hulstine, Russell (September 6, 2011). "Markwayne Mullin Announces Candidacy For 2nd Congressional Seat". NewsOn6.com. Retrieved September 6, 2011. 
  17. ^ Beaty, James (September 12, 2011). "Wayne Pettigrew jumps into congressional race". McAlester News-Capital. Retrieved September 12, 2011. 
  18. ^ Beaty, James (September 14, 2011). "Candidates continue race for US Congress". McAlester News-Capital. Retrieved September 23, 2011. 
  19. ^ Smoot, D.E. (October 18, 2011). "Pastor to run for Congress". Muskogee Phoenix. Retrieved October 22, 2011. 
  20. ^ a b Krehbiel, Randy (June 8, 2011). "Candidates lining up to replace Boren". Tulsa World. Retrieved June 24, 2011. 
  21. ^ "Political notebook". Tulsa World. December 18, 2011. Retrieved March 28, 2012. 
  22. ^ "Tim Murray Announces for Oklahoma 3rd District Congressional District". Oklahoma Democratic 3rd Congressional District. February 20, 2012. Retrieved March 28, 2012. 
  23. ^ Hopper, Toni (February 1, 2012). "Fletcher woman seeks Cole's seat". Duncan Banner. Retrieved March 28, 2012. 
  24. ^ Coburn, James (November 8, 2011). "Guild ready to run for Congress". Edmond Sun. Retrieved November 10, 2011. 

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