Oklahoma's 1st Congressional District elections, 2012

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Oklahoma's 1st Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
June 26, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Jim Bridenstine Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
John Sullivan (OK) Republican Party
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Oklahoma U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 1st congressional district of Oklahoma held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.

Jim Bridenstine was elected on November 6, 2012.[1]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
April 13, 2012
June 26, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: Oklahoma has a closed primary system, in which the selection of a party's candidates in an election is limited to registered party members.

Voter registration: Voters had to register to vote in the primary June 1. For the August 28 runoff, the voter registration deadline was August 3. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 12.[2]

See also: Oklahoma elections, 2012

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is John Sullivan, who has served since 2003.

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Oklahoma's 1st congressional district is located in the northeastern portion of the state and includes Washington, Tulsa, Rogers, Creek, and Wagoner counties.[3]

Sullivan was defeated by challenger Jim Bridenstine in the GOP primary.[4] The day of the primary, Sullivan said he had made a mistake by ignoring the primary challenge for too long. "I never had a race like this in all my life," he said.[5]

This is the 3rd congressional district prior to the 2010 redistricting.

Candidates

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General election candidates

Democratic Party John Olson
Republican Party Jim BridenstineGreen check mark transparent.png
Independent Craig Allen


June 26, 2012 primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Independent Independent Candidate

Election Results

General Election

U.S. House, Oklahoma District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic John Olson 32% 91,421
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJim Bridenstine 63.5% 181,084
     Independent Craig Allen 4.5% 12,807
Total Votes 285,312
Source: Oklahoma Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Republican Primary

Oklahoma's 1st Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJim Bridenstine 53.8% 28,055
John Sullivan 46.2% 24,058
Total Votes 52,113

Impact of Redistricting

See also Redistricting in Oklahoma

The 1st district was re-drawn after the 2010 Census. The new district is composed entirely of the old 1st district.[10][11]

Registration statistics

As of October 30, 2012, District 1 had the following partisan registration breakdown according to the Oklahoma State Election Board:

Oklahoma Congressional District 1[12]
Congressional District District Total Democrats Republicans Other & Unaffiliated Advantage Party Advantage Change in Advantage from 2010
District 1 414,869 154,174 211,555 49,140 Republican 37.22% N/A
"Party advantage" is the percentage gap between the two major parties in registered voters. "Change in advantage" is the spread in difference of party advantage between 2010 and 2012 based on the congressional district number only.

District partisanship

FairVote's Monopoly Politics 2012 study

See also: FairVote's Monopoly Politics 2012

In 2012, FairVote did a study on partisanship in the congressional districts, giving each a percentage ranking (D/R) based on the new 2012 maps and comparing that to the old 2010 maps. The partisan advantage in Oklahoma's 1st District did change because of redistricting.[13]

  • 2012: 32D / 68R
  • 2010: 32D / 68R

Cook Political Report's PVI

See also: Cook Political Report's Partisan Voter Index

In 2012, Cook Political Report released its updated figures on the Partisan Voter Index, which measures each congressional district's partisanship relative to the rest of the country. Oklahoma's 1st congressional district has a PVI of R + 16, which is the 39th most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by John McCain (R), 64-36 percent over Barack Obama (D). In 2004, George W. Bush (R) won the district 65-35 percent over John Kerry (D).[14]

Campaign contributions

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are candidate reports.

John Olson

John Olson (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly [15]April 15, 2012$0.00$29,480.00$(8,883.86)$20,596.14
July Quarterly[16]July 15, 2012$18,496.86$20,458.40$(3,866.22)$35,089.04
Running totals
$49,938.4$(12,750.08)

Jim Bridenstine

Jim Bridenstine (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[17]April 15, 2012$7,901.72$78,021.12$(29,424.82)$56,672.15
July Quarterly[18]July 15, 2012$34,514.19$87,986.17$(95,408.59)$25,189.29
Running totals
$166,007.29$(124,833.41)


District History

2010

On November 2, 2010, John Sullivan (R) won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating Angelia O'Dell (I). [19]

U.S. House, Oklahoma District 1 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Sullivan Incumbent 76.8% 151,173
     Independent Angelia O'Dell 23.2% 45,656
Total Votes 196,829

See also

External links

References

  1. ABC News "2012 General Election Results"
  2. Oklahoma State Election Board "Oklahoma Elections 2012," Accessed July 26, 2012
  3. Oklahoma Redistricting Map "Map" Accessed August 9, 2012
  4. Fox 23 "Jim Bridenstine defeats John Sullivan in primary," June 26, 2012
  5. Politico "An incumbent caught sleeping?" June 26, 2012
  6. Tulsa World "Tulsa businessman John Olson plans congressional run to replace Sullivan" accessed January 24, 2012
  7. Houston Chronicle GOP Navy vet set to challenge Sullivan in 1st District December 8, 2011
  8. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named results
  9. Oklahoma Secretary of State "Primary Candidate List"
  10. Moonshadow Mobile's CensusViewer "Oklahoma's congressional districts 2001-2011 comparison"
  11. Labels & Lists "VoterMapping software voter counts"
  12. Oklahoma State Election Board, "Voter Registration Reports, 2012," July 13, 2012
  13. "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in Oklahoma," September 2012
  14. Cook Political Report "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008" Accessed October 2012
  15. Federal Election Commission "John Olson April Quarterly," Accessed August 5, 2012
  16. Federal Election Commission "John Olson July Quarterly," Accessed August 5, 2012
  17. Federal Election Commission "Jim Bridenstine April Quarterly," Accessed August 5, 2012
  18. Federal Election Commission "Jim Bridenstine July Quarterly," Accessed August 5, 2012
  19. Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010