California's 5th congressional district special election, 2005

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On March 8, 2005, a special election was held in the California's 5th congressional district to choose a U.S. Representative to replace Bob Matsui, who had died of pneumonia shortly after being re-elected in the 2004 elections. Matsui's wife, Doris, was quickly able to win support from the Democratic Party officials, and ended up winning over two-thirds of the vote in the special primary election, meaning a run-off would not be needed.

Results[edit]

California's 5th congressional district special election, 2005[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Doris Matsui 56,175 67.65%
Democratic Julie Padilla 7,158 8.62%
Republican John Flynn 6,559 7.90%
Republican Serge Chernay 3,742 4.51%
Republican Michael O'Brien 2,591 3.12%
Republican Shane Singh 1,753 2.11%
Republican Bruce Stevens 1,124 1.35%
Green Pat Driscoll 976 1.18%
Independent Leonard Padilla 916 1.10%
Democratic Charles Pineda 659 0.79%
Libertarian Gale Morgan 451 0.54%
Peace and Freedom John Reiger 286 0.34%
Democratic Lara Shapiro (write-in) 6 0.01%
Invalid or blank votes 637 0.77%
Totals 83,033 100.0%
Voter turnout 27.72%
Democratic hold

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