Oklahoma's 5th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Oklahoma's 5th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
June 26, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
James Lankford Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
James Lankford Republican Party
James Lankford.jpg

Oklahoma U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 5th congressional district of Oklahoma held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.

James Lankford 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 James Lankford (R), who has served since 2011.

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Oklahoma's 5th congressional district is located in the central portion of the state and includes Oklahoma, Pottawatomie, and Seminole counties.[3]

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


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General election candidates

Democratic Party Tom Guild
Republican Party James LankfordGreen check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Robert T. Murphy
Independent Pat Martin

June 26, 2012 primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

  • Tom Guild: former political science professor at the University of Central Oklahoma[4]Approveda

Republican Party Republican Primary

Libertarian Party Libertarian candidate

Independent Independent Candidates

Election results

General election

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"

Impact of Redistricting

See also Redistricting in Oklahoma

The 5th district was re-drawn after the 2010 Census. The new district is composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.[6][7]

Registration statistics

As of October 30, 2012, District 5 had the following partisan registration breakdown according to the Oklahoma State Election Board:

Oklahoma Congressional District 5[8]
Congressional District District Total Democrats Republicans Other & Unaffiliated Advantage Party Advantage Change in Advantage from 2010
District 5 403,972 172,196 176,704 55,072 Republican 2.62% 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 5th District's partisan advantage did not change because of redistricting.[9]

  • 2012: 37D / 63R
  • 2010: 37D / 63R

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 5th congressional district has a PVI of R + 13, which is the 72nd most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by John McCain (R), 59-41 percent over Barack Obama (D). In 2004, George W. Bush (R) won the district 64-36 percent over John Kerry (D).[10]

Campaign contributions

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

James Lankford

James Lankford (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[11]April 15, 2012$388,826.08$63,029$(28,811.09)$423,043.99
July Quarterly[12]July 15, 2012$460,132.82$88,525$(16,762.8)$531,895.02
Running totals

Tom Guild

Tom Guild (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[13]April 15, 2012$7,460.64$9,781.34$(9,875.49)$7,366.49
July Quarterly[14]July 15, 2012$20,101.10$9,688.79$(4,927.66)$24,862.23
Running totals

District History


On November 2, 2010, Lankford won election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Billy Coyle, Clark Duffe, and Dave White in the general election.[15]

U.S. House of Representatives, Oklahoma Congressional District 5 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

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