Five-term Oklahoma incumbent goes down in Republican primary
June 27th, 2012
12:12 PM ET
2 years ago

Five-term Oklahoma incumbent goes down in Republican primary

(CNN) - Jim Bridenstine won the Republican primary for Oklahoma's 1st Congressional District on Tuesday, defeating five-term incumbent John Sullivan by seven percentage points.

Bridenstine won 53% of the vote to Sullivan's 46%, according to unofficial numbers from the state election board, despite the incumbent outraising him four-fold.

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Sullivan brought in over $992,000 in this campaign - including over $575,000 from political action committees - to Bridenstine's $244,000, Federal Election Commission records showed.

After his defeat, Sullivan said the voters' decision was "loud and clear."

"The voters they know what's right and I respect that decision, and I've been on the other side of it for five times before," he said.

Bridenstine said he was humbled and would remain so through "this process."

"This is just the beginning we have a long way to go," he said.

He will face a Democrat and independent in the November election, but the state and district are predominately Republican.

Sullivan won his last three races with over 60% of the vote, and before that, a special election and reelection to the seat with over 50%.

Bridenstine credited his victory in part to "an anti-incumbency kind of environment throughout our entire country, and I was the beneficiary of that."

He is a pilot in the U.S. Navy Reserve has served in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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Filed under: 2012 • Congress • Oklahoma • Republicans
soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. lolo

    I guess he wasn't conservative enough for the te party gang. The GOP is held hostage by the tea partiers and now do not know how to get out of it. This is too funny. They are so full of hatred I do not understand how anyone could deal with them at all.

    June 27, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  2. Etch-A-Sketch Mitt RobMe Say_Nothing -Do_Nothing_Flip_n_Flopper VULTURE CAPITALIST

    "...defeating six-term incumbent John Sullivan by seven percentage points"

    This is the same Sullivan that "brought in over $992,000 in this campaign – including over $575,000 from political action committees – to Bridenstine's $244,000, Federal Election Commission records showed"

    Come Nov, Etch-A-Sketch Mitt RobMe will find out loud and clear that SuperPACs & the Koch Brothers/Anderlson MOINEY can't buy you votes!!!!

    June 27, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  3. NVa Native

    Hopefully he won't pledge allegience to anything other than serving US citizens.

    June 27, 2012 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  4. Dean

    This is the new face of Conservative politics...relative youth + military experience. Congratulations, Jim.

    June 27, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  5. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Another batch of money that just went down in flames.

    June 27, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  6. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of OBAMA FAILURE

    People want NEW BLOOD in Congress. They want people to GET THIS RUN AWAY GOVERNMENT UNDER CONTROL.

    June 27, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  7. Obama 2012 - MOVE Forward America, NOT another round of DUBYA's FAILURES

    @Dean – This is the new face of Conservative politics.
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    yeah.. and the amount of $$ wasted on removing a Republican candidate and replacing them with a Teapug is the trend. And the stalemate in DC will continue unabated as long as the gullible continue to elect politicians instead of statesmen.

    June 27, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  8. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Another conservative face that owes the Kochs and special interests his loyalty. It would be refreshing to find one conservative who is not beholden to big oil, wall street, big banks, foreign corporations, and Grover Norquist.

    June 27, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  9. dave

    53 to 46 is Loud and Clear?? Republican goes down - Mark Foley???

    June 27, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  10. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    As long as there are republicans, government will not work. Every republican jobs bill has anti abortion legislation tied to it.

    June 27, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  11. Wait....what???

    How exactly is it possible for an active duty military officer to run for political office?

    June 27, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  12. Gurgyl

    Good for the nation...

    June 27, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  13. Ronda in Houston,TX

    This is too funny. Finally, having more money doesn't mean you get elected. The SCOTUS thought that Corporations are People Too, but the American People Vote!

    June 27, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  14. judy

    vote all republicans out move this country forward. Obama 2012

    June 27, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  15. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of OBAMA FAILURE

    Wait....what??? - How exactly is it possible for an active duty military officer to run for political office?
    ===============================================================================
    Why do you think that a volunteer military would require a person to give up his citizenship rights that allow them to run for office? Actually it says he's in the Navy Reserve.

    June 27, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  16. Jules

    See what money can do – just wait, you will see it in local, county, state elections along with the federal elections soon. There will be no democracy – only haves and have nots. It will take a few election cycles, but unless congress passes laws to stop it or to make donations transparent it will happen.

    June 27, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  17. ted

    Goes to show you that money cannot buy the election, at least in this case. But who cares. What is Bridentstein's plan to create jobs? Follow Mitt Romney and outsource to cheap countries?

    June 27, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |