Oklahoma's 5th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Oklahoma's 5th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
June 24, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
James Lankford 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 5th Congressional District of Oklahoma will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. A dozen candidates fought for the seat left open by incumbent James Lankford, who is running in the special election for the Senate seat being vacated by Tom Coburn (R). None of the candidates running in the June 24 primary election received 50 percent of the votes cast, so four candidates competed in runoff primaries on August 26, 2014.

Former state Senator Steve Russell defeated Commissioner of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission Patrice Douglas in the Republican runoff. According to The Hill, "Oklahoma politicos saw his win as a triumph of old-fashioned grassroots support and retail politicking over a better-established, better-known candidate."[3] Russell's military experience may also have played a role in his victory. He helped capture Saddam Hussein in Iraq in 2013, which he detailed in his memoir, "We Got Him!"[3]

State Sen. Al McAffrey defeated Tom Guild in the Democratic runoff.[4][5] Russell and McAffrey will face Independent candidates Buddy Ray, Tom Boggs and Robert Murphy 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 is October 10, 2014 (25 days prior to the election).[8]

See also: Oklahoma elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is James Lankford (R), who was first elected in 2010. Lankford is running for U.S. Senate in the special election for the seat left vacant by the retirement of Tom Coburn (R).[9][10]

Oklahoma's 5th Congressional District is located in the central portion of the state and includes Oklahoma, Pottawatomie and Seminole counties.[11]

Candidates

General election candidates


August 26, 2014, Republican runoff primary

Note: No candidate secured more than 50 percent of the vote in the June 24, 2014, primary election. A runoff primary election was held between the top two candidates.[4]


August 26, 2014, Democratic runoff primary

Note: No candidate secured more than 50 percent of the vote in the June 24, 2014, primary election. A runoff primary election was held between the top two candidates.[4]


June 24, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Election results

Republican primary

Former state Senator Steve Russell and Commissioner of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission Patrice Douglas were the highest vote recipients in the Republican primary on June 24, 2014. They defeated Harvey Sparks, state Rep. Mike Turner, state Sen. Clark Jolley and Shane Jett. Russell and Douglas competed in a runoff election on August 26, 2014. Russell was the winner.[4] Oklahoma Republican Party Chairman Dave Weston predicted that the race would require a runoff election. He said, “Any of the six could wind up in the runoff. There’s a couple that are probably more likely for that to happen because they are doing TV and have more signs out, but at this point, no one is breaking 20 percent.”[6]

U.S. House, Oklahoma District 5 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Steve Russell 26.6% 14,597
Patrice Douglas 24.5% 13,440
Clark Jolley 16.8% 9,226
Mike Turner 14.1% 7,757
Shane Jett 12.8% 7,019
Harvey Sparks 5.3% 2,895
Total Votes 54,934
Source: Results via Associated Press

Republican runoff primary

U.S. House, Oklahoma District 5 Runoff Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Russell 59.4% 6,465
Patrice Douglas 40.6% 4,424
Total Votes 10,889
Source: Results via Associated Press Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.

Democratic primary

Tom Guild and state Sen. Al McAffrey were the highest vote recipients in the Democratic primary on June 24, 2014. They defeated Leona Leonard. Guild and McAffrey competed in the runoff election on August 26, 2014. McAffrey won.[4]

U.S. House, Oklahoma District 5 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Tom Guild 42.1% 11,597
Al McAffrey 30.9% 8,505
Leona Leonard 27% 7,424
Total Votes 27,526
Source: Results via Associated Press

Democratic runoff primary

U.S. House, Oklahoma District 5 Runoff Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngAl McAffrey 53.5% 6,977
Tom Guild 46.5% 6,055
Total Votes 13,032
Source: Results via Associated Press Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.

Endorsements

Steve Russell

Russell has been endorsed by the following people:[17]

  • Maj. General Rita Aragon, Oklahoma Secretary of Military and Veterans Affairs
  • State Auditor & Inspector Gary Jones
  • Rep. Jim Bridenstine
  • Mark Costello, Oklahoma Labor Commissioner
  • Generals (Ret.) Richard “Dick” Burpee, Billy Bowden and Jay Edwards
  • Lt. Gen Jerry Boykin (Ret.), Former Delta Force Commander and Current Executive Vice President, Family Research Council

Patrice Douglas

Douglas was endorsed by the following people and organizations:

  • RightNOW Women PAC[18]
  • Oklahoma State Board of Education member Major General (Ret.) Leo J. Baxter[19]
  • Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett[20]
  • Edmond Mayor Charles Lamb[20]
  • Bethany Mayor Bryan Taylor[20]
  • Lawton Mayor Fred Fitch[20]
  • Tecumseh Mayor Eddy Parker[20]
  • Ponca City Mayor Homer Nicholson[20]
  • Former Oklahoma City Mayor Ron Norick[20]
  • Former Edmond Mayor, Saundra Naifeh[20]

Media

Steve Russell


Steve Russell, "Change Washington."

Al McAffrey


Al McAffrey, "A Stronger Economy."

Patrice Douglas


Patrice Douglas, "Shows Up."

Patrice Douglas, "Ready To Run."

Patrice Douglas, "Obama Phones."

Tom Guild


"Guild TV 2014 Spot 1."

"Guild TV Spot 2 Final."

Polls

Republican runoff
Poll Patrice Douglas Steve RussellUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
JMC Analytics and Polling
July 28, 2014
28%42%31%+/-5.3334
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. 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
Republican primary
Poll Patrice Douglas Clark JolleyMike TurnerSteve RussellShane JettHarvey SparksUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
SoonerPoll.com
May 5-10, 2014
11.6%11.4%11.2%7.4%5.5%3.7%49.1%+/-3.77671
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. 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
Democratic primary
Poll Al McAffrey Tom GuildLeona LeonardUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
SoonerPoll.com
May 5-10, 2014
15.7%11.3%8.4%64.6%+/-3.76674
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. 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

Campaign contributions

Steve Russell

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Russell's reports.[21]

Steve Russell (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[22]April 15, 2014$0.00$106,953.31$(14,942.04)$92,011.27
July Quarterly[23]July 15, 2014$57,561.65$65,979.00$(40,528.76)$83,011.89
Running totals
$172,932.31$(55,470.8)

Al McAffrey

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are McAffrey's reports.[24]

Al McAffrey (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[25]April 15, 2014$0.00$50,529.95$(25,028.86)$25,501.09
July Quarterly[26]July 15, 2014$15,100.88$7,425.00$(16,784.28)$5,741.60
Running totals
$57,954.95$(41,813.14)

Patrice Douglas

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

Patrice Douglas (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[28]May 30, 2014$0.00$406,180.44$(33,653.52)$372,526.92
July Quarterly[29]July 15, 2014$184,883.80$78,868.72$(170,860.54)$92,891.98
Running totals
$485,049.16$(204,514.06)

Tom Guild

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Guild's reports.[30]

Tom Guild (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[31]July 15, 2013$0$4,312$(3,486)$2,953
October Quarterly[32]October 15, 2013$2,953$4,511$(4,853)$3,111
Year-End Quarterly[33]December 31, 2013$3,111$9,523$(4,868)$13,366
April Quarterly[34]April 14, 2014$13,366.57$17,165.62$(7,858.39)$22,673.80
July Quarterly[35]July 14, 2014$1,766.88$2,182.31$(1,912.42)$2,036.77
Running totals
$37,693.93$(22,977.81)

Harvey Sparks

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Sparks' reports.[36]

Harvey Sparks (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[37]April 11, 2014$0$17,891.09$(6,469.66)$11,421.43
Running totals
$17,891.09$(6,469.66)

District history

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2012

The 5th Congressional District of Oklahoma held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent James Lankford won re-election in the district.[38]

U.S. House, Oklahoma District 5 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Tom Guild 37.3% 97,504
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJames Lankford Incumbent 58.7% 153,603
     Independent Pat Martin 2.1% 5,394
     Libertarian Robert T. Murphy 2% 5,176
Total Votes 261,677
Source: Oklahoma Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, James Lankford won election to the United States House. He defeated Billy Coyle (D), Clark Duffe (I) and Dave White (I) in the general election.[39]

U.S. House, Oklahoma District 5 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJames Lankford 62.5% 123,236
     Democratic Billy Coyle 34.5% 68,074
     Independent Clark Duffe 1.6% 3,067
     Independent Dave White 1.4% 2,728
Total Votes 197,105

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 The Hill, "Soldier who helped capture Saddam Hussein wins Okla. GOP runoff," accessed August 27, 2014
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Associated Press, "Oklahoma - Summary Vote Results," accessed June 24, 2014
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Associated Press, "Oklahoma - Summary Vote Results," accessed August 26, 2014
  6. 6.0 6.1 Roll Call, "Republicans Angle for Open Oklahoma House Seat," accessed June 23, 2014
  7. Oklahoma State Election Board Website, "Voter Registration in Oklahoma," accessed January 3, 2014
  8. Oklahoma State Election Board Website, "Voter Registration in Oklahoma," accessed January 3, 2014
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  10. Roll Call, "Lankford Seeks Senate as Cole Declines in Oklahoma," accessed January 20, 2014
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  14. Harvey Sparks for Congress, "Home," accessed March 19, 2014
  15. Steve Russell for Congress, "Home," accessed May 5, 2014
  16. Campaign website, "Home," accessed February 20, 2014
  17. Steve Russell for Congress, "Endorsements," accessed August 22, 2014
  18. The Okie, "RightNOW Women PAC Endorses Douglas," accessed August 22, 2014
  19. PatriceDouglas.com, "Douglas Builds Momentum Ahead of Runoff – Oklahoma State Board of Education Member Major General (Ret.) Leo J. Baxter Announces Endorsement," accessed August 22, 2014
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 20.3 20.4 20.5 20.6 20.7 PatriceDouglas.com, "Oklahoma Mayors Line Up in Support for Douglas as Momentum Builds Ahead of Runoff," accessed August 22, 2014
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  22. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed August 25, 2014
  23. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed August 25, 2014
  24. Federal Election Commission, "McAffrey 2014 Summary reports," accessed August 25, 2014
  25. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed August 25, 2014
  26. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed August 25, 2014
  27. Federal Election Commission, "Douglas 2014 Summary reports," accessed August 25, 2014
  28. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed August 25, 2014
  29. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed August 25, 2014
  30. Federal Election Commission, "Tom Guild Summary Report," accessed February 20, 2014
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  32. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed February 20, 2014
  33. Federal Election Commission, "Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 20, 2014
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  35. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed August 25, 2014
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  37. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 24, 2014
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  39. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013