California's 10th congressional district special election, 2009
California's 10th congressional district special election, 2009 was held on November 3, 2009, to fill the vacancy caused in California's 10th congressional district by the resignation of Ellen Tauscher. Democratic Party candidate John Garamendi won against Republican opponent David Harmer.
Background and procedures for election [ edit ]
On May 5, 2009,
President Barack Obama nominated Democratic Representative Ellen Tauscher for the position of Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security. She was confirmed by the [1 ] United States Senate on June 26 and subsequently resigned from her congressional seat. [2 ]
Following her resignation,
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger called a special election. An open primary among candidates of all political parties took place on September 1, 2009; if one candidate had won a majority of the votes, he or she would have won the seat with no further action. As that didn't occur, the general election took place on November 3, 2009 between the candidates with the most votes for each party.
Candidates [ edit ]
The following individuals appeared in the certified list of candidates and the certified list of
write-in candidates published by the Secretary of State of California, and were thus eligible to receive votes in the special primary election. [3 ] [4 ]
American Independent [ edit ]
Jerome "Jerry" Denham, an insurance agent
Democratic [ edit ]
Jeremy Cloward, a community college instructor
Peace and Freedom [ edit ]
Republican [ edit ]
Chris Bunch, a small business owner
Gary W. Clift, a retired police officer
David Harmer, an independent businessman Mark Loos, a small business owner
David Peterson, an accountability system owner
John Toth, a physician
Polling [ edit ]
General election [ edit ]
Survey USA October 26–28, 2009
Results [ edit ]
Primary [ edit ]
Since no candidate won a majority in the September 1, 2009, open primary, the candidates with the top votes for each party advanced to the special general election. Garamendi won more votes than any other Democrat and Harmer more than any Republican. Denham, Cloward, and McIlroy were the only candidates from their parties so they advanced the general election by default.
California's 10th congressional district special primary, 2009
John Garamendi 27,580
David Harmer 22,582
Mark DeSaulnier 18,888
Joan Buchanan 12,896
Anthony Woods 9,388
Republican Chris Bunch
Republican Gary Clift
Republican John Toth
Republican David Peterson
Green Jeremy Cloward
Republican Mark Loos
Adriel Hampton 376
American Independent Jerome Denham
Peace and Freedom Mary McIlroy
Democratic Tiffany Attwood (
General [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
^ "President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts". White House Press Secretary. 2009-05-05 . Retrieved 2009-09-12.
^ Vorderbrueggen, Lisa (2009-06-26). "Tauscher confirmed as Undersecretary for Arms Control and International Security". Contra Costa Times . Retrieved 2009-09-12.
^ "Certified List of Candidates for the Special Primary Election, Tenth Congressional District, September 1, 2009" (PDF). Secretary of State of California. 2009-07-27 . Retrieved 2009-09-22.
^ "Certified List of Write-In Candidates for the Special Primary Election, Tenth Congressional District, September 1, 2009" (PDF). Secretary of State of California. 2009-08-19 . Retrieved 2009-09-22.
^ Mart, Greta (2009-07-15). "DeSaulnier endorsed by George Miller, Torlakson, Tauscher". Martinez News-Gazette . Retrieved 2009-09-22.
^ "Official Canvass: United States Representative 10th Congressional District Special Primary Election, September 1, 2009" (PDF). Secretary of State of California. 2009-09-09 . Retrieved 2009-09-22.
^ "Official Canvass: United States Representative 10th Congressional District Special General Election, November 3, 2009" (PDF). Secretary of State of California. 2009-11-16 . Retrieved 2009-11-16.
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