2012 elections review: One incumbent defeated in Oklahoma

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June 27, 2012

By Ballotpedia's Congressional and State legislative teams

The fast-moving primary season of May and June continued yesterday with elections in Oklahoma.

Here's what happened in Oklahoma, where races for State Senate, State House, and U.S. House were held.

Contested Primaries in Oklahoma -- June 22, 2012
U.S. House
(5 seats)
State Legislature
(125 seats)
Total Democratic Contested Primaries 3 (60.0%) 11 (8.8%)
Total Republican Contested Primaries 4 (80.0%) 37 (29.6%)

U.S. House

United States House of Representatives elections in Oklahoma, 2012

Oklahoma had a total of five seats on the ballot in 2012. A total of 28 candidates filed to run, made up of 13 Republicans, 9 Democrats, and 6 Independents. Only four of the five incumbents ran for re-election. Incumbent Dan Boren (D), who represented the 2nd Congressional District, decided to retire after his term expires. Of the other four, the only incumbent who did not face a primary challenge was James Lankford (R) of the 5th District.

In the 1st District, incumbent John Sullivan (R) faced a tough primary opponent in Jim Bridenstine. Bridenstine and Sullivan sparred relentlessly during the primary campaign.[1] This translated into the primary, where the two were neck and neck for most of the night as results came in.[2][3] In a close race, incumbent John Sullivan was defeated by challenger Jim Bridenstine. Bridenstine will run against John Olson (D) in the general election. Olson ran unopposed in the Democratic primary.

The open 2nd District was also a hotly contested primary seat this year. Because it was an open seat, it has also received the most attention for much of the campaign. Six Republicans, three Democrats and one Independent all ran to replace retiring incumbent Boren. Though Boren is a Democrat, most expected the district to switch this year from blue to red. Both the Cook Political Report[4] and the Sabato Crystall Ball rated the race as "leaning Republican" prior to the primary[5] Runoff elections will be held on both tickets, as no candidate received enough of the vote to be declared the winner. On the Democratic ticket, Wayne Herriman and Rob Wallace edged out Earl Everett and will face off head to head in the runoff.[3] On the Republican ticket, George Faught and Markwayne Mullin emerged as the top two vote getters, defeating Wayne Pettigrew, Dustin Rowe, Dwayne Thompson and Dakota Wood.[3] The runoff primary will take place on August 28, 2012.[6]

In Oklahoma's 3rd District, Democratic candidate Timothy Ray Murray defeated Frankie Robbins to win the nomination. On the Republican ticket, incumbent Frank D. Lucas defeated challenger William Craig Stump. Murray (D) will face incumbent Lucas in the general election on November 6.[3]

Similarly, Donna Marie Bebo defeated Bert Smith in the Democratic primary to advance to the general election to take on incumbent Tom Cole on November 6.[3] Cole defeated challenger Gary D. Caissie in the Republican primary.[3]

The least competitive district was Oklahoma's 5th District, where no race was contested. Democratic incumbent Tom Guild and James Lankford (R) both ran unopposed in their primaries. They will face off in the general election, along with Independent candidates Pat Murphy and Robert T. Murphy.

Members of the U.S. House from Oklahoma -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 1 0
     Republican Party 4 5
Total 5 5

State legislature

Oklahoma State Senate elections, 2012 and Oklahoma House of Representatives elections, 2012

There are 125 total legislative seats with elections in 2012 -- 24 Senate seats and 101 House seats.

There were 11 (8.8%) contested Democratic primaries and 37 (29.6%) contested Republican primaries. Thus, there were 48 (19.2%) races with at least two candidates on the ballot. The 19.2% figure of contested primaries in Oklahoma is lower than the current national contested average of 20.02% for states that have had filing deadlines.

Oklahoma State Senate

In the Senate, 4 incumbents faced primary opposition -- 0 Democrats and 4 Republicans.

Republican Party District 25: Incumbent Mike Mazzei defeated challenger Ronda Vuillemont-Smith
Republican Party District 37: Incumbent Dan Newberry defeated challenger Mark Croucher
Republican Party District 39: Incumbent Brian A. Crain defeated challenger Kevin McDugle
Republican Party District 41: Incumbent Clark Jolley defeated challenger Paul Blair

Oklahoma House of Representatives

In the House, 15 incumbents faced primary opposition -- 2 Democrats and 13 Republicans. One incumbent, Guy Liebmann, was defeated by his primary challenger.

Democratic Party District 3: Incumbent James H Lockhart defeated challenger Traci Barnes
Democratic Party District 18: Incumbent Donald A Condit defeated challenger Carolyn McNatt Hill
Republican Party District 25: Incumbent Todd Thomsen defeated challenger Donald Cole Gallup
Republican Party District 36: Incumbent Sean Roberts defeated challengers Stan Sallee and Paul F. Nosak
Republican Party District 39: Incumbent Marian Cooksey defeated challenger Bob Dani
Republican Party District 45: Incumbent Aaron Stiles defeated challenger Derick Jensen
Republican Party District 49: Incumbent Tommy C Hardin defeated challenger Samuel Q. Dishmon
Republican Party District 59: Incumbent Mike Sanders defeated challenger Rodney Hiebert
Republican Party District 63: Incumbent Don Armes defeated challenger B.L. Cozad Jr.
Republican Party District 68: Incumbent Glen Mulready defeated challenger Darren Gantz
Republican Party District 79: Incumbent Weldon Watson defeated challenger Lois Jacobs
Republican Party District 82: Incumbent Guy Liebmann was defeated by challenger Mike Turner
Republican Party District 84: Incumbent Sally Kern defeated challenger Curtis Moore
Republican Party District 100: Incumbent Elise Hall defeated challenger Jeff Renner
Republican Party District 101: Incumbent Gary Banz defeated challenger A.J. Bailey

Oklahoma State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 16 12
     Republican Party 32 36
Total 48 48

Oklahoma House of Representatives
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 31 29
     Republican Party 68 72
     Vacancy 2 0
Total 101 101

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