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Ballotpedia's 2012 General Election Review Articles: Oklahoma Congressional Seats

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December 3, 2012

By Ballotpedia's Congressional team


MADISON, Wisconsin: Oklahoma had five U.S. House seats on the ballot in 2012. Three total incumbents sought re-election on November 6, 2012, and all three won re-election in their districts. The 2nd district was a Democratic, seat but incumbent Dan Boren did not seek re-election and Republican nominee, Markwayne Mullin, won the district, leading to Republicans holding all five districts in the state.

Here are the candidates who won election in Oklahoma.

District General Election Candidates Incumbent 2012 Winner Partisan Switch?
1st Democratic Party John Olson
Republican Party Jim Bridenstine
Independent Craig Allen
John Sullivan (Oklahoma) Republican Party Jim Bridenstine No
2nd Democratic Party Rob Wallace
Republican Party Markwayne Mullin
Independent Michael Fulks
Dan Boren Republican Party Markwayne Mullin Yes
3rd Democratic Party Timothy Ray Murray
Republican Party Frank D. Lucas
Independent William M. Sanders
Frank D. Lucas Republican Party Frank D. Lucas No
4th Democratic Party Donna Marie Bebo
Republican Party Tom Cole
Independent RJ Harris
Tom Cole Republican Party Tom Cole No
5th Democratic Party Tom Guild
Republican Party James Lankford
Libertarian Party Robert T. Murphy
Independent Pat Martin
James Lankford Republican Party James Lankford No

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

Margin of victory for winners

There were a total of 5 seats up for election in 2012 in Oklahoma. The following table shows the margin of victory for each district winner, which is calculated by examining the percentage difference between the top-two vote getters. If the race was uncontested, the margin of victory is listed as 100%.
DistrictWinnerMargin of VictoryTotal VoteTop Opponent
U.S. House, Oklahoma District 1 General Election Republican Party Jim Bridenstine31.4%285,312John Olson
U.S. House, Oklahoma District 2 General Election Republican Party Markwayne Mullin19%250,612Rob Wallace
U.S. House, Oklahoma District 3 General Election Republican Party Frank D. Lucas55.3%268,003Timothy Ray Murray
U.S. House, Oklahoma District 4 General Election Republican Party Tom Cole40.3%260,331Donna Marie Bebo
U.S. House, Oklahoma District 5 General Election Republican Party James Lankford21.4%261,677Tom Guild

National picture

Both chambers of the United States Congress remain split after the November 6, 2012 election. Democrats increased their majority in the U.S. Senate while cutting into the Republicans majority in the U.S. House. Of the 435 candidates who won election to the U.S. House, 85 of them were challengers, which represents 19.5 percent of U.S. House members. Of those 85, 50 are Democratic and 35 are Republican. A total of 27 incumbents were defeated -- 10 Democratic and 17 Republican.

2012 United States House General Election Results
Party Total Winners Incumbent Winners Defeated Incumbents Incumbent Re-Election Rate** Non-Incumbent Winners
Democratic 201 151 10 93.8% 50
Republican 234 198 17 92.1% 35
TOTALS 435 349 27 92.8% 85
**Note: The incumbent re-election rate is calculated by dividing the total incumbents winners by the total incumbents who appeared on the general election ballot.
U.S. Senate Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 51 53
     Republican Party 47 45
     Independent 2 2
Total 100 100
U.S. House Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 193 201
     Republican Party 242 234
Total 435 435

See also