United States Senate special election in Oklahoma, 2014

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Oklahoma will hold a special election for the U.S. Senate in 2014. The general election date will be on November 4, 2014, where a six-year term will also be up for election for the seat currently held by Jim Inhofe (R).[1][2]

The special election will be held to fill the vacancy left by the retirement of Sen. Tom Coburn (R).[1][3]

In November 2013, Coburn's office announced that he had been diagnosed with a recurrence of prostate cancer and was undergoing treatment.[4] Coburn will be retiring at the end of 2014, two years before his term ends. The governor is not allowed to appoint a replacement, requiring a special election.[5] Coburn plans to stay until the session ends and his successor is sworn in with the rest of the new members.[6]

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


Announced candidates

Potential candidates

Declined to run




The Senate Conservatives Fund announced on January 20, 2014, that it would not back James Lankford.[16]

“We won’t support Congressman Lankford’s bid for the Senate because of his past votes to increase the debt limit, raise taxes, and fund Obamacare. We have reviewed his record and it’s clear that conservatives cannot count on him to fight for their principles,” said SCF Executive Director Matt Hoskins in a statement.[16]


T.W. Shannon

See also: Senate Conservatives Fund


Republican primary
Poll James Lankford T.W. ShannonKevin CrowJason WegerRandy BrogdonUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Harper Polling
January 30-February 1, 2014
Tarrance Group
February 10-12, 2014
Public Opinion Strategies
March 16-17, 2014
AVERAGES 46% 21% 1% 0.33% 13.33% +/-4.4 542.33
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org


T.W. Shannon, "The Dignity of Work."

District history

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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.[18]

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


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.[19]

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


  1. 1.0 1.1 Roll Call, "Special Election Dates Set to Replace Coburn," accessed January 18, 2014
  2. Kfor.com, "Oklahoma will hold special election to fill Coburn’s U.S. Senate seat after retirement," accessed January 18, 2014
  3. The City Wire, "Oklahoma Sen. Coburn announces resignation, special election set," accessed January 18, 2014
  4. The Washington Post, "Coburn diagnosed with prostate cancer," accessed November 8, 2013
  5. The Hill, "Okla. Sen. Coburn to retire at end of 2014," accessed January 17, 2014
  6. News OK.com, "Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin sets special election to replace Sen. Tom Coburn," accessed January 18, 2014
  7. Politico, "James Lankford announces Senate bid," accessed January 20, 2014
  8. 8.0 8.1 Politico, "Jim Bridenstine says no to Senate run," accessed January 29, 2014
  9. The Hill, "Oklahoma House Speaker moving toward Senate bid," accessed January 22, 2014
  10. Jason Weger for Senate, "Intro," accessed January 30, 2014
  11. News on 6, "Oklahoma Professor Announces Plans To Run For Senate," accessed March 13, 2014
  12. Randy Brogdon for Senate, "Brogdon Seeks Senate Seat, McConnell’s Removal," accessed March 19, 2014
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 Sun Herald, "Dems say 'no' to run for Okla's US Senate seat," accessed January 22, 2014
  14. Politico, "Frank Keating won’t seek Tom Coburn’s seat," accessed January 27, 2014
  15. Politico, "Frank Keating considers running for Tom Coburn’s seat," accessed January 24, 2014
  16. 16.0 16.1 Politico, "James Lankford announces Senate bid," accessed January 20, 2014
  17. Politico, "SCF backs Shannon in Okla. Senate race," accessed April 1, 2014
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  19. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013

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