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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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."[1] 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.[1] 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.[2][3][4] Cole and Smith will face state representative Dennis 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.[5]


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.[6]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register by May 30, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 10, 2014 (25 days prior to the election).[7]

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.[8]

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.[2]

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.[2]

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

Issues

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

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" 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.[11] 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.[12] Tom Cole voted in favor of the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[13]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally 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.[14] 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. Tom Cole voted for HR 2775.[15]

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.[16]

Tom Cole (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[17]April 15, 2013$792,630.17$66,570.09$(61,263.18)$797,937.08
July Quarterly[18]July 15, 2013$797,937.08$294,479.83$(71,159.03)$1,021,257.88
October Quarterly[19]October 15, 2013$1,021,257.88$77,457.50$(30,007.21)$1,068,708.17
Year-End Quarterly[20]December 31, 2013$1,068,708$145,107$(20,300)$1,193,195
April Quarterly[21]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.[22]

Tae Si (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[23]July 15, 2013$0$5,000$(1,675)$3,324
October Quarterly[24]October 15, 2013$3,324$75$(280)$3,119
Year-End Quarterly[25]December 31, 2013$3,119$3,280$(6,374)$25
April Quarterly[26]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.[27]

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.[28]

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.[29]

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

  1. 1.0 1.1 Bradenton.com, "Incumbent Oklahoma congressman try to avoid upsets," accessed June 23, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Associated Press, "Oklahoma - Summary Vote Results," accessed June 24, 2014
  3. Oklahoma Secretary of State, "Primary Candidate List," accessed April 13, 2012
  4. Oklahoma Secretary of State, "2012 Primary Results"
  5. Roll Call, "2014 Election Race Ratings," accessed June 24, 2014
  6. Oklahoma State Election Board Website, "Voter Registration in Oklahoma," accessed January 3, 2014
  7. Oklahoma State Election Board Website, "Voter Registration in Oklahoma," accessed January 3, 2014
  8. Oklahoma Redistricting Map "Map" accessed August 9, 2012
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 Ok.gov, "Candidates for Federal, State and Legislative Offices,” accessed June 13, 2014
  10. The Green Papers, "The Green Papers: Oklahoma 2013 General Election", accessed February 20, 2014
  11. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  12. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  13. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  14. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  15. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Tom Cole Summary Report," accessed August 1, 2013
  17. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed August 1, 2013
  18. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed July 30, 2013
  19. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2013
  20. Federal Election Commission, "Cole Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 12, 2014
  21. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  22. Federal Election Commission, "Tae Si Summary Report," accessed February 20, 2014
  23. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed February 20, 2014
  24. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed February 20, 2014
  25. Federal Election Commission, "Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 20, 2014
  26. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 29, 2014
  27. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Oklahoma"
  28. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
  29. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013