Oklahoma's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2014

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Oklahoma's 2nd Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
June 24, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Markwayne Mullin Republican Party
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Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid Republican[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe R[2]


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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 2nd Congressional District of Oklahoma will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Markwayne Mullin defeated professional bass fisherman Darrel Robertson in the Republican primary.[3] Despite Robertson’s attempt to portray Mullin as not "conservative enough" Republican voters overwhelmingly supported Mullin.[4]

Retired teacher Earl Everett defeated recent Northeastern State University graduate Joshua Harris-Till in the Democratic primary.[3] Everett has criticized Mullin's inability to create jobs for Oklahomans and for failing to help the "15 percent to 21 percent of residents who live within Oklahoma’s 2nd Congressional District (who) are food insecure."[5] Mullin and Everett will face off with Independent candidate Jon Douthitt in the general election. The race is rated a "Safe Republican" contest by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.[6]


Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
April 11, 2014
June 24, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Oklahoma is one of 21 states with a mixed primary system. Parties decide who may vote, so an unaffiliated voter must be authorized by a party in order to vote in the primary.[7]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register by May 30, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 10, 2014 (25 days prior to the election).[8]

See also: Oklahoma elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Markwayne Mullin (R), who was first elected in 2012.

Oklahoma's 2nd Congressional District is located in the eastern portion of the state and includes Washington, Craig, Ottawa, Delaware, Mayes, Rogers, Cherokee, Adair, Sequoyah, Muskogee, Okmulgee, Okfuskee, Hughes, Coal, Pittsburg, McIntosh, Haskell, Le Flore, Latimer, Pittsburg, Johnston, Bryan, Atoka, Pushmataha, Choctaw and McCurtain counties.[9]

Candidates

General election candidates


June 24, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Election results

Republican primary

Markwayne Mullin defeated Darrel Robertson in the Republican primary on June 24, 2014.[3]

U.S. House, Oklahoma District 2 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMarkwayne Mullin Incumbent 79.7% 26,224
Darrel Robertson 20.3% 6,667
Total Votes 32,891
Source: Results via Associated Press

Democratic primary

Earl Everett defeated Joshua Harris-Till in the Democratic primary on June 24, 2014.[3]

U.S. House, Oklahoma District 2 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngEarl Everett 62.6% 33,087
Joshua Harris-Till 37.4% 19,798
Total Votes 52,885
Source: Results via Associated Press

Race Background

"Not conservative enough"

In the race for the Republican nomination, Darrel Robertson accused Markwayne Mullin of not being “conservative enough’’ and said, "The tea party helped get him elected in the first place, and his first vote to keep (U.S. Rep. John) Boehner as speaker, that really upset them. He fell in with the Republican leadership, just fell right into the tank."[11] In response to the criticism Mullin said, "I bring conservative values to every approach I take. I don't know where (Robertson's) coming up with this. I'm a Christian man. I believe in the U.S. Constitution. I'm pro-life. The NRA has endorsed me. He's running around accusing me of everything you can think of. Anybody can say what they want. That's one of the hardest things (about politics)."[11]

Key votes

Below are important votes that Mullin cast during the 113th Congress.

National security

NDAA

Yea3.png Mullin voted for HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[12]

DHS Appropriations

Yea3.png Mullin voted for HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 that was largely along party lines.[13]

CISPA (2013)

Yea3.png Mullin voted for HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill permitted federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[14]

Economy

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Yea3.png On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[15] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[16] Mullin voted in favor of the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[17]

Nay3.pngThe shutdown ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[18] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Mullin voted against HR 2775.[19]

Mullin donated his pay earned during the shutdown.[20]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Yea3.png Mullin voted for House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.[21] The vote largely followed party lines.[22]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Yea3.png Mullin voted for House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires that all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[23]

Government affairs

HR 676

See also: Boehner's lawsuit against the Obama administration

Yea3.png On July 30, 2014, the U.S. House approved a resolution 225 to 201 to sue President Barack Obama for exceeding his constitutional authority. Five Republicans--Thomas Massie of Kentucky, Paul Broun of Georgia, Scott Garrett of New Jersey, Walter Jones of North Carolina and Steve Stockman of Texas-- voted with Democrats against the lawsuit.[24] Mullin joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[25][26]

Campaign contributions

Markwayne Mullin

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Mullin’s reports.[27]

Markwayne Mullin (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[28]April 15, 2013$23,102.49$143,150.00$(95,149.98)$71,102.51
July Quarterly[29]July 15, 2013$71,102.51$103,635.83$(57,013.58)$117,724.76
October Quarterly[30]October 15, 2013$117,724.76$153,806.00$(50,796.60)$220,734.16
Year-End Quarterly[31]December 31, 2013$220,734$136,205$(49,471)$307,467
April Quarterly[32]April 15, 2014$307,467.76$194,214$(82,000.90)$419,680.86
Running totals
$731,010.83$(334,432.06)

District history

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2012

The 2nd Congressional District of Oklahoma held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Republican Markwayne Mullin won the election in the district.[33]

U.S. House, Oklahoma District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Rob Wallace 38.3% 96,081
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMarkwayne Mullin 57.3% 143,701
     Independent Michael Fulks 4.3% 10,830
Total Votes 250,612
Source: Oklahoma Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Dan Boren won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Charles Thompson (R) in the general election.[34]

U.S. House, Oklahoma District 2 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDan Boren incumbent 56.5% 108,203
     Republican Charles Thompson 43.5% 83,226
Total Votes 191,429

See also

External links

References

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  2. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 House Races," accessed August 21, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Associated Press, "Oklahoma - Summary Vote Results," accessed June 24, 2014
  4. Kentucky.com, "Oklahoma congressman faces challenge in primary," accessed June 19, 2014
  5. MuskogeePhoenix.com, "Retired Educator Seeks to Serve in Congress," accessed June 19, 2014
  6. Roll Call, "2014 Election Race Ratings," accessed June 24, 2014
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  8. Oklahoma State Election Board Website, "Voter Registration in Oklahoma," accessed January 3, 2014
  9. Oklahoma Redistricting Map, "Map," accessed August 9, 2012
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  13. Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  14. Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - CISPA (2013) - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  15. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  16. Buzzfeed, "Government shutdown: How we got here," accessed October 1, 2013
  17. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  18. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  19. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  20. Washington Post, "Which lawmakers will refuse their pay during the shutdown?," accessed October 2, 2013
  21. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
  22. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  23. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  24. U.S. House, "House Resolution 676," accessed July 30, 2014
  25. Yahoo News, "Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead," accessed July 30, 2014
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  34. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013