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Tom Cole defeats Paul Bondar for District 4

Tom Cole defeats Paul Bondar for District 4

U.S. Rep. Tom Cole, 75, has defeated political newcomer Paul Bondar in one of Oklahoma’s most closely contested races in the 2024 primary.

Cole secured the Republican bid for the U.S. House District 4 seat with 65% of the vote. The Associated Press called the race at 7:33 p.m

Cole will face the winner of the Democratic primary in this fall’s general election and will have the opportunity to continue his current 21-year term.

More: 2024 Oklahoma Primary Election Results

District 4 represents southern Oklahoma, including Midwest City, Norman and Moore, as well as much of southern Oklahoma City. The population of more than 800,000 inhabitants is largely urban.

Endorsed by Donald Trump, Cole supports gun rights and national security. He has represented District 4 since 2003. Cole has degrees in British history from the University of Oklahoma and Yale. Cole is married and has a son. He was born in Shreveport, LA.

Cole defeated Republican opponents Nick Hankins, Andrew Hayes, Paul Bondar and Rick Whitebear Harris.

On November 5, he will face the winner of the Democratic primary, Mary Brannon or Kody Macaulay.