Oklahoma's 4th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Oklahoma's 4th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
June 24, 2014

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

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe R[2]


Oklahoma U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 4th Congressional District of Oklahoma will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. After David Brat's shocking defeat of former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, incumbent Tom Cole, a member of the House Appropriations Committee, was asked if he thought he would find himself in a similar situation on election night. He said he did not see any similarities between the elections and added, "I hope I've done the kind of job that merits being re-elected. I think I've represented the views and values of the people in the district."[3] Republican voters in Cole’s district clearly approve of the job he has done in Congress. They overwhelmingly supported Cole’s bid for re-election in the primary. He defeated Anna Flatt, who said it would be a miracle if she beat Cole, in the Republican primary.[3] Bert Smith, who ran for the seat in 2012 and was defeated by Donna Marie Bebo, defeated Tae Si, whose family immigrated to the United States from Seoul, South Korea in 1986, in the Democratic primary.[4][5][6] Cole and Smith will face Dennis B. Johnson who is running as an Independent candidate, in the general election. The race is rated a "Safe Republican" contest by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.[7]
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.[8]

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).[9]

See also: Oklahoma elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Tom Cole (R), who was first elected in 2002.

Oklahoma's 4th Congressional District is located in the south central portion of the state and includes Tillman, Comanche, Cotton, Jefferson, Stephens, Grady, Canadian, Cleveland, McClan, Garvin, Murray, Carter, Love, Marshall, Pontotoc counties.[10]

Candidates

General election candidates


June 24, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Election results

Republican primary

Incumbent Tom Cole defeated Anna Flatt in the Republican primary on June 24, 2014.[4]

U.S. House, Oklahoma District 4 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTom Cole Incumbent 84.4% 40,762
Anna Flatt 15.6% 7,510
Total Votes 48,272
Source: Results via Associated Press

Democratic primary

Bert Smith defeated Tae Si in the Democratic primary on June 24, 2014.[4]

U.S. House, Oklahoma District 4 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBert Smith 81.6% 24,258
Tae Si 18.4% 5,480
Total Votes 29,738
Source: Results via Associated Press

Key votes

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

National security

NDAA

Yea3.png Cole 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 Cole 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 Cole 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] Cole voted in favor of the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[17]

Yea3.png The 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. Cole voted for HR 2775.[19]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Yea3.png Cole 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.[20] The vote largely followed party lines.[21]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Yea3.png Cole 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.[22]

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.[23] Cole joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[24][25]

Campaign contributions

Tom Cole

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Cole’s reports.[26]

Tom Cole (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[27]April 15, 2013$792,630.17$66,570.09$(61,263.18)$797,937.08
July Quarterly[28]July 15, 2013$797,937.08$294,479.83$(71,159.03)$1,021,257.88
October Quarterly[29]October 15, 2013$1,021,257.88$77,457.50$(30,007.21)$1,068,708.17
Year-End Quarterly[30]December 31, 2013$1,068,708$145,107$(20,300)$1,193,195
April Quarterly[31]April 15, 2014$1,193,195.97$119,749.97$(72,543.40)$1,240,402.54
Running totals
$703,364.39$(255,272.82)

Tae Si

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Si's reports.[32]

Tae Si (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[33]July 15, 2013$0$5,000$(1,675)$3,324
October Quarterly[34]October 15, 2013$3,324$75$(280)$3,119
Year-End Quarterly[35]December 31, 2013$3,119$3,280$(6,374)$25
April Quarterly[36]April 1, 2014$25.27$1,930.01$(1,861.26)$94.02
Running totals
$10,285.01$(10,190.26)

District history

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2012

The 4th Congressional District of Oklahoma held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Tom Cole won re-election in the district.[37]

U.S. House, Oklahoma District 4 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Donna Marie Bebo 27.6% 71,846
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTom Cole Incumbent 67.9% 176,740
     Independent RJ Harris 4.5% 11,745
Total Votes 260,331
Source: Oklahoma Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Tom Cole won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He ran unopposed.[38]

2008

On November 4, 2008, Tom Cole won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Black Cummings (D) and David E. Joyce (I) in the general election.[39]

U.S. House, Oklahoma District 4 General Election, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTom Cole incumbent 66% 180,080
     Democratic Blake Cummings 29.2% 79,674
     Independent David E. Joyce 4.8% 13,027
Total Votes 272,781

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 Bradenton.com, "Incumbent Oklahoma congressman try to avoid upsets," accessed June 23, 2014
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Associated Press, "Oklahoma - Summary Vote Results," accessed June 24, 2014
  5. Oklahoma Secretary of State, "Primary Candidate List," accessed April 13, 2012
  6. Oklahoma Secretary of State, "2012 Primary Results"
  7. Roll Call, "2014 Election Race Ratings," accessed June 24, 2014
  8. Oklahoma State Election Board Website, "Voter Registration in Oklahoma," accessed January 3, 2014
  9. Oklahoma State Election Board Website, "Voter Registration in Oklahoma," accessed January 3, 2014
  10. Oklahoma Redistricting Map, "Map," accessed August 9, 2012
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 Ok.gov, "Candidates for Federal, State and Legislative Offices,” accessed June 13, 2014
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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
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  21. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  22. 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
  23. U.S. House, "House Resolution 676," accessed July 30, 2014
  24. Yahoo News, "Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead," accessed July 30, 2014
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  38. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  39. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013