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Oklahoma's 4th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
June 26, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Tom Cole Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Tom Cole Republican Party
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 4th congressional district of Oklahoma held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.

Tom Cole was re-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 Tom Cole, who has served since 2003.

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Oklahoma's 4th congressional district is located in the south central portion of the state and includes Tillman, Comanche, Cotton, Jefferson, Stephens, Grady, CAnadian, Cleveland, McClan, Garvin, Murray, Carter, Love, Marshall, Pontotoc counties.[3]

This is the 4th congressional district prior to the 2010 redistricting.


Note: Election results were added on election night as races were called. Vote totals were added after official election results had been certified. For more information about Ballotpedia's election coverage plan, click here. If you find any errors in this list, please email: Geoff Pallay.

General election candidates

Democratic Party Donna Marie Bebo
Republican Party Tom ColeGreen check mark transparent.png
Independent RJ Harris

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 4 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Donna Marie Bebo 27.6% 71,846
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTom Cole Incumbent 67.9% 176,740
     Independent RJ Harris 4.5% 11,745
Total Votes 260,331
Source: Oklahoma Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Democratic Primary

Oklahoma's 4th Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDonna Marie Bebo 58.3% 11,935
Bert Smith 41.7% 8,532
Total Votes 20,467

Republican Primary

Oklahoma's 4th Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTom Cole Incumbent 87.7% 22,840
Gary Caissie 12.3% 3,195
Total Votes 26,035

Impact of Redistricting

See also Redistricting in Oklahoma

The 4th district was re-drawn after the 2010 Census. The new district is composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.[7][8]

Registration statistics

As of October 30, 2012, District 4 had the following partisan registration breakdown according to the Oklahoma State Election Board:

Oklahoma Congressional District 4[9]
Congressional District District Total Democrats Republicans Other & Unaffiliated Advantage Party Advantage Change in Advantage from 2010
District 4 409,015 193,675 163,850 51,490 Democratic 18.20% 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. Oklahoma's 4th District's partisan advantage did not change because of redistricting.[10]

  • 2012: 30D / 70R
  • 2010: 30D / 70R

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 4th congressional district has a PVI of R + 18, which is the 30th most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by John McCain (R), 66-34 percent over Barack Obama (D). In 2004, George W. Bush (R) won the district 67-33 percent over John Kerry (D).[11]

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.

Tom Cole

Tom Cole (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[12]April 15, 2012$848,892.34$65,083.66$(57,568.61)$856,407.39
July Quarterly[13]July 15, 2012$921,412.67$113,172.49$(71,222.59)$963,362.57
Running totals

Donna Marie Bebo

Donna Marie Bebo (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[14]April 15, 2012$0.00$4,933.50$(4,043.22)$890.28
July Quarterly[15]July 15, 2012$204.62$2,205.12$(2,236.59)$173.15
Running totals

District History


On November 2, 2010, Tom Cole (R) won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives. He was unopposed in the general election.[16]

See also

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