California State Senate election, 1996

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California State Senate elections, 1996
California
1994 ←
November 5, 1996 (1996-11-05) → 1998

20 seats from odd-numbered districts of the California State Senate
  Majority party Minority party
 
Leader Bill Lockyer Rob Hurtt
Party Democratic Republican
Leader's seat 10th-Hayward 34th-Garden Grove
Seats before 21 17
Seats after 23 16
Seat change Increase2 Decrease1
Popular vote 2,599,659 2,521,858
Percentage 49.32% 47.85%

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Pro Tem before election

Bill Lockyer
Democratic

Pro Tem-designate

Bill Lockyer
Democratic

The 1996 California State Senate elections were held on November 5, 1996. Senate seats of odd-numbered districts were up for election. Senate terms are staggered so that half the membership is elected every two years. Senators serve four-year terms and are limited to two terms. Democrats expanded their majority, gaining two seats, one from the Republicans and one from an Independent.

Overview[edit]

California State Senate elections, 1996
Party Votes Percentage Not up Incumbents Open Before After +/–
Democratic 2,599,659 49.32% 14 3 4 21 23 +2
Republican 2,521,858 47.85% 5 6 6 17 16 -1
Libertarian 62,525 1.19% 0 0 0 0 0 0
Natural Law 50,359 0.96% 0 0 0 0 0 0
Reform 33,913 0.64% 0 0 0 0 0 0
Peace and Freedom 20,601 0.39% 0 0 0 0 0 0
Green 12,089 0.23% 0 0 0 0 0 0
Write-ins 55 0.00% 0 0 0 0 0 0
Independent 0 0.00% 1 0 1 2 1 -1
Invalid or blank votes 400,098 7.06%
Totals 5,670,635 100.00% 20 9 11 40 40

Composition[edit]

Pre-election Seats
  Democratic-held 21
  Republican-held 17
  Independent-held 2
 Total
40
1996 Elections Seats
  Republican held and uncontested 11
  Democratic held and uncontested 8
  Independent-held and uncontested 1
  Contested 20
 Total
40
State Senate: post-election Seats
  Democratic-held 23
  Republican-held 16
  Independent-held 1
 Total
40

Results[edit]

Final results from the California Secretary of State:[1]

District 1District 3District 5District 7District 9District 11District 13District 15District 17District 19District 21District 23District 25District 27District 29District 31District 33District 35District 37District 39

District 1[edit]

California's 1st State Senate district election, 1996
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tim Leslie (incumbent) 215,931 63.14
Democratic Thomas "Tom" Romero 125,894 36.84
No party Lamar Norton Latimer (write-in) 55 0.02%
Invalid or blank votes 19,850 5.49%
Total votes 361,730 100.00
Republican hold

District 3[edit]

California's 3rd State Senate district election, 1996
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic John L. Burton 215,831 70.82
Republican Curtis Rau 72,097 23.68
Libertarian Donald E. Harte 16,819 5.52
Invalid or blank votes 37,018 10.83%
Total votes 304,747 100.00
Democratic hold

District 5[edit]

California's 5th State Senate district election, 1996
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Patrick Johnston (incumbent) 159,932 60.12
Republican Kurt C. Boese 108,075 39.88
Invalid or blank votes 12,981 4.65%
Total votes 280,988 100.00
Democratic hold

District 7[edit]

California's 7th State Senate district election, 1996
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Richard Rainey 161,291 48.01
Democratic Jeff Smith 160,632 47.61
Reform William John Knudeon 7,077 2.11
Natural Law Mark F. Billings 6,975 2.08
Invalid or blank votes 12,476 3.58%
Total votes 348,451 100.00
Republican gain from Democratic

District 9[edit]

California's 9th State Senate district election, 1996
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Barbara Lee 196,430 78.23
Republican Thomas N. Hudson 37,341 14.87
Peace and Freedom Robert J. Evans 8,870 3.53
Natural Law Carol Flyer Prettie 8,465 3.37
Invalid or blank votes 22,120 8.10%
Total votes 273,226 100.00
Democratic hold

District 11[edit]

California's 11th State Senate district election, 1996
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Byron Sher 177,155 57.90
Republican Patrick Shannon 117,547 38.42
Libertarian Jon W. Malonia 11,290 3.69
Invalid or blank votes 24,355 7.37%
Total votes 276,347 100.0
Democratic gain from Republican

District 13[edit]

California's 13th State Senate district election, 1996
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic John Vasconcellos 117,640 58.59
Republican Ray Morton 55,737 27.76
Reform Dominic L. Cortese 17,715 6.82
Libertarian John Harvey Webster 6,684 3.32
Natural Law Rick J. Dunstan 3,021 1.60
Invalid or blank votes 19,222 8.74%
Total votes 220,019 100.00
Democratic hold

District 15[edit]

California's 15th State Senate district election, 1996
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Bruce McPherson 124,448 47.18
Democratic Rusty Areias 120,846 45.82
Green E. Craig Coffin 12,089 4.56
Natural Law Scott R. Hartley 6,377 2.42
Invalid or blank votes 11,400 4.14%
Total votes 275,160 100.00
Republican gain from Democratic

District 17[edit]

California's 17th State Senate district election, 1996
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican William J. Knight 163,531 66.61
Democratic Steven A. Figueroa 61,962 33.39
Invalid or blank votes 17,880 6.79%
Total votes 243,373 100.00
Republican hold

District 19[edit]

California's 19th State Senate district election, 1996
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Cathie Wright (incumbent) 160,130 62.24
Democratic John Birke 97,133 37.76
Invalid or blank votes 17,032 6.21%
Total votes 274,295 100.00
Republican hold

District 21[edit]

California's 21st State Senate district election, 1996
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Adam Schiff 125,649 51.78
Republican Paula L. Boland 107,039 44.11
Libertarian Bob New 9,981 4.11
Invalid or blank votes 19,207 7.39%
Total votes 261,876 100.00
Democratic gain from Republican

District 23[edit]

California's 23rd State Senate district election, 1996
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Tom Hayden (incumbent) 172,295 56.20
Republican Scott L. Schreiber 101,876 34.41
Peace and Freedom Shirley Rachel Isaacson 11,731 3.96
Libertarian Charles T. Black 7,438 2.51
Natural Law Robert P. Swanson 2,722 0.92
Invalid or blank votes 28,592 5.61%
Total votes 324,654 100.00
Democratic hold

District 25[edit]

California's 25th State Senate district election, 1996
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Teresa P. Hughes (incumbent) 118,806 82.02
Republican Cliff McClain 28,038 17.98
Invalid or blank votes 17,971 11.04%
Total votes 164,815 100.00
Democratic hold

District 27[edit]

California's 27th State Senate district election, 1996
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Betty Karnette 126,562 51.41
Republican Phil Hawkins 119,641 48.59
Invalid or blank votes 19,200 7.23%
Total votes 265,403 100.00
Democratic gain from Republican

District 29[edit]

California's 29th State Senate district election, 1996
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Dick Mountjoy (incumbent) 138,944 58.93
Democratic Tommy Randle 96,829 41.07
Invalid or blank votes 23,795 9.17%
Total votes 259,568 100.00
Republican hold

District 31[edit]

California's 31st State Senate district election, 1996
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jim Brulte 143,537 56.17
Democratic Gary George 103,217 41.83
Invalid or blank votes 17,795 6.73%
Total votes 264,549 100.00
Republican hold

District 33[edit]

California's 33rd State Senate district election, 1996
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John Lewis (incumbent) 199,173 68.84
Democratic David Robert Heywood 91,011 31.36
Invalid or blank votes 19,466 6.29%
Total votes 309,650 100.00
Republican hold

District 35[edit]

California's 35th State Senate district election, 1996
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Ross Johnson (incumbent) 183,739 61.52
Democratic Madolene Arakeljian 103,170 34.54
Natural Law Nat Adam 11,780 3.94
Invalid or blank votes 20,812 6.51%
Total votes 319,501 100.00
Republican hold

District 37[edit]

California's 37th State Senate district election, 1996
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican David G. Kelley (incumbent) 157,080 61.14
Democratic Hans Alfred Schroeder 75,943 29.59
Libertarian Donna Tello 10,313 4.01
Reform George Angell 9,121 3.55
Natural Law Jim J. Moner 4,486 1.75
Invalid or blank votes 23,024 6.22%
Total votes 279,967 100.00
Republican hold

District 39[edit]

California's 39th State Senate district election, 1996
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Dede Alpert 142,722 51.36
Republican Joe Dolphin 126,653 45.57
Natural Law Stuart Knoles 6,533 3.07
Invalid or blank votes 15,902 5.41%
Total votes 291,810 100.00
Democratic gain from Independent

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Statement of Vote 1996". California Secretary of State. 1996-11-07. Archived from the original on 2008-07-31. Retrieved 2008-08-17.