United States Senate elections in Oklahoma, 2014

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2014 U.S. Senate Elections in Oklahoma

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
June 24, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Pending
Incumbent prior to election:
Jim Inhofe Republican Party
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2014 U.S. House Elections

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Voters in Oklahoma will elect one member to the U.S. Senate in the election on November 4, 2014. Oklahoma is also holding a special election on November 4, 2014, to fill the vacancy left by the retiring Sen. Tom Coburn (R).

Incumbent Jim Inhofe (R) defeated four challengers, the most he has ever faced, in the Republican primary on June 24, 2014.[1] He will face Democrat Matt Silverstein, an investment planner who ran unopposed in the Democratic primary, and Independent candidates Ray Woods, Aaron DeLozier and Joan Farr. The race is rated a "Safe Republican" contest by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.[2]

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.[3]

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).[4]

See also: Oklahoma elections, 2014

Incumbent: The election will fill the Senate seat currently held by Jim Inhofe (R). Inhofe was first elected in 1994.

Candidates

General election candidates


June 24, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Election results

Republican primary

Incumbent Jim Inhofe defeated D. Jean McBride-Samuels, Erick Wyatt, Evelyn Rogers and Rob Moye in the Republican primary on June 24, 2014.[1]

U.S. Senate, Oklahoma Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJim Inhofe Incumbent 87.7% 231,131
Erick Wyatt 4.5% 11,950
Evelyn Rogers 4.4% 11,701
Rob Moye 1.8% 4,841
D. Jean McBride-Samuels 1.5% 3,960
Total Votes 263,583
Source: Results via Associated Press

Republican challengers

Challenger D. Jean McBride-Samuels ran against Inhofe because "He's been there too long. He should be fighting for change if (he's) going to be in Washington for almost three decades; you need to keep fighting."[7] Inhofe will be 80 at the beginning of his fourth term, if he is re-elected. Erick Wyatt also argued that Oklahoma needs "new blood" in the Senate and ran because he doesn't think Inhofe is conservative enough.[7] Evelyn Rogers, who ran for the seat for a third time, said, “I want to get in there and help other people. I don’t know any other way to do than to keep running until I’m elected.”[8] Inhofe also faced Rob Moye, a retired air traffic controller, who wants to see someone in the Senate with “better negotiating skills” than Inhofe.[8]

Endorsements

Jim Inhofe

Issues

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

Government shutdown

Jim Inhofe

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Neutral/Abstain During the shutdown in October 2013, the Senate rejected, down party lines, every House-originated bill that stripped the budget of funding for the Affordable Care Act. A deal was reached late on October 16, 2013, just hours before the debt ceiling deadline. The bill to reopen the government, H.R. 2775, 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.[10] The final vote on H.R. 2775 was 81-18, with all 18 votes against the bill from Republican members. Jim Inhofe was the only senator who did not vote on the bill.[11]

Campaign contributions

Candidate Ballot Access
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Jim Inhofe

Jim Inhofe (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[12]April 15, 2013$659,217.92$179,808.25$(90,695.90)$748,330.27
July Quarterly[13]July 15, 2013$748,330.27$729,883.36$(263,330.94)$1,214,882.69
October Quarterly[14]October 15, 2013$1,214,882.69$792,260.03$(447,341.60)$1,559,801.12
Year-End Quarterly[15]December 31, 2013$1,559,801$402,572$(375,392)$1,586,981
April Quarterly[16]April 15, 2014$1,580,252.60$286,676.30$(256,653.58)$1,610,275.32
Running totals
$2,391,199.94$(1,433,414.02)

Matt Silverstein

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Silverstein's reports.[17]

Matt Silverstein (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[18]July 15, 2013$0$83,336$(9,119)$74,216
October Quarterly[19]October 15, 2013$74,216$101,830$(50,168)$98,662
Year-End Quarterly[20]December 31, 2013$98,662$58,520$(65,518)$101,193
April Quarterly[21]April 15, 2014$101,193.80$82,805.08$(78,295.91)$105,702.97
Pre-Primary[22]June 12, 2014$105,702.97$33,349.00$(88,914.10)$50,137.87
Running totals
$359,840.08$(292,015.01)

Election history

2010

On November 2, 2010, Tom Coburn won re-election to the United States Senate. He defeated Jim Rogers (D), Stephen P. Wallace (I) and Ronald F. Dwyer (I) in the general election.[23]

U.S. Senate, Oklahoma General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTom Coburn incumbent 70.6% 718,482
     Democratic Jim Rogers 26.1% 265,814
     Independent Stephen P. Wallace 2.5% 25,048
     Independent Ronald F. Dwyer 0.8% 7,807
Total Votes 1,017,151

2008

On November 4, 2008, James M. Inhofe won re-election to the United States Senate. He defeated Andrew Rice (D) and Stephen P. Wallace (I) in the general election.[24]

U.S. Senate, Oklahoma General Election, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJim Inhofe incumbent 56.7% 763,375
     Democrat Andrew Rice 39.2% 527,736
     Independent Stephen P. Wallace 4.1% 55,708
Total Votes 1,346,819


See also

External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Associated Press, "Oklahoma - Summary Vote Results," accessed June 24, 2014
  2. Roll Call, "2014 Election Race Ratings," accessed June 24, 2014
  3. Oklahoma State Election Board Website, "Voter Registration in Oklahoma," accessed January 3, 2014
  4. Oklahoma State Election Board Website, "Voter Registration in Oklahoma," accessed January 3, 2014
  5. 5.0 5.1 Associated Press, "Oklahoma - Summary Vote Results," accessed June 24, 2014
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 6.7 6.8 Ok.gov, "Candidates for Federal, State and Legislative Offices," accessed June 13, 2014
  7. 7.0 7.1 The State, "Oklahoma GOP Sen. Inhofe, 79, seeking 4th term," accessed June 19, 2014
  8. 8.0 8.1 Tulsa World, "Jim Inhofe a big favorite in Oklahoma's 'other' U.S. Senate race," accessed June 23, 2014
  9. Politico, "FreedomWorks backs Ted Yoho, Tim Scott, Mark Sanford," accessed March 19, 2014
  10. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  11. Senate.gov, "H.R. 2775 As Amended," accessed October 31, 2013
  12. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed August 5, 2013
  13. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed August 5, 2013
  14. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  15. Federal Election Commission, "Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 13, 2014
  16. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 22, 2014
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Matt Silverstein Summary Report," accessed February 20, 2014
  18. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed February 20, 2014
  19. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed February 20, 2014
  20. Federal Election Commission, "Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 20, 2014
  21. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 29, 2014
  22. Federal Election Commission, "Pre-Primary," accessed June 18, 2014
  23. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  24. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013