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November 1, 2012

By Ballotpedia's Congressional team

Oklahoma's Congressional Elections in 2012
U.S. Senate Election? U.S. House seats Possible competitive races?
No 5 1 (2nd)

OKLAHOMA CITY: Oklahoma: Oklahoma has five U.S. House seats on the ballot in 2012. Only four of the five incumbents ran for re-election. Incumbent Dan Boren (D), who represented the 2nd congressional district, declined to seek a 5th term in this year's election. Of the other four, the only incumbent who did not face a primary challenge was James Lankford (R) of the 5th district. With 70% of major party primaries contested, Oklahoma was well above the national average is 54.31%, ranking 12th in the nation for primary competitiveness in 2012.

After a fierce primary campaign, 1st district incumbent John Sullivan (R) was defeated by Jim Bridenstine in the June 26th primary election. Sullivan was one of 13 incumbents defeated in U.S. House primaries.[1] Bridenstine will square off in the general election with John Olson (D), who ran unopposed in the Democratic primary.

The most hotly contested congressional race in Oklahoma this year is for the open 2nd district seat. Six Republicans and three Democrats competed in the June 26th primary for the chance to fill incumbent Boren's seat, which he will vacate in January. Runoff elections were held for both tickets, as no candidate received enough of the vote to be declared the winner in June. On August 28th, Democrat Rob Wallace and Republican Markwayne Mullin prevailed as their their respective party's nominee.[2][3]

Although retiring incumbent Boren is a Democrat, projections indicate the district will switch this year from blue to red. Before the primary, The Cook Political Report[4] and the Sabato Crystall Ball rated the race as "leaning Republican"[5], but the former publication changed its rating to "Likely Republican" later in the election season (Sabato held steady at Leaning Republican).[6][7]

The Center for Voting and Democracy (Fairvote) projects that Democrats will win zero districts while Republicans will win all five seats.[8]

In Oklahoma, all polls are open from 7 AM to 7 PM Central Time.[9]

See also: State Poll Opening and Closing Times (2012)

Here is a complete list of U.S. House candidates appearing on the general election ballot in Oklahoma:

Members of the U.S. House from Oklahoma -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 1 0
     Republican Party 4 5
Total 5 5
 Congressional Redistricting Map, approved June 2011 

For more information, view Redistricting in Oklahoma.


See also