California State Senate election, 2008

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California State Senate elections, 2008
California
2006 ←
→ 2010

20 seats from odd-numbered districts
  Majority party Minority party
 
Leader Darrell Steinberg Dave Cogdill
Party Democratic Republican
Leader's seat 6th-Sacramento 14th-Modesto
Seats before 25 15
Seats after 25 15
Seat change Steady Steady
Popular vote 3,786,204 2,837,361
Percentage 55.06% 41.27%

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Electoral results by State Senate district

Pro Tem before election

Darrell Steinberg
Democratic

Elected Pro Tem

Darrell Steinberg
Democratic

The 2008 California State Senate elections took place on November 4, 2008. Voters in California's odd-numbered State Senate districts, a total of 20, voted for their state senators. No seats changed parties and the Democratic Party party maintained its 25-seat majority, while the Republican Party held 15 seats. Other elections also took place in California on November 4.

Only a single State Senate district, the 19th, was considered truly competitive by political analysts.[1]

Overview[edit]

California State Senate elections, 2008[2][3]
Party Votes Percentage Seats
up
Seats
not up
Total
seats
+/–
Democratic 3,786,204 55.06% 11 14 25 0
Republican 2,837,361 41.27% 9 6 15 0
Independent 131,248 1.91% 0 0 0 0
Libertarian 94,132 1.37% 0 0 0 0
Peace and Freedom 26,996 0.39% 0 0 0 0
Totals 6,875,941 100.00% 20 20 40
Voter turnout 72.60%

Composition[edit]

2007–2008 State Senate   2009–2010 State Senate
                                         
                                         
                                         
                                         
Color Key:   = Democratic   = Republican
Pre-election

Democratic: 25
Republican: 15
Total: 40

Contested: 20

Democratic uncontested: 14
Republican uncontested: 6
Total: 40

Post-election

Democratic: 25
Republican: 15
Total: 40

Results[edit]

The following candidates are the official results from the California Secretary of State.[2][3]

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, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Dave Cox (incumbent) 267,426 62.27%
Democratic Anselmo Chavez 162,044 37.73%
Totals 429,470 100.00%
Voter turnout 75.31%
Republican hold

District 3[edit]

California's 3rd State Senate district election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Mark Leno 326,755 80.21%
Republican Sashi McEntee 80,617 19.79%
Totals 407,372 100.00%
Voter turnout 78.08%
Democratic hold

District 5[edit]

California's 5th State Senate district election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Lois Wolk 207,108 64.54%
Republican Greg Aghazarian 113,778 35.46%
Totals 320,886 100.00%
Voter turnout 73.54%
Democratic hold

District 7[edit]

California's 7th State Senate district election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Mark DeSaulnier 256,311 66.54%
Republican Christian Amsberry 128,878 33.46%
Totals 385,189 100.00%
Voter turnout 78.22%
Democratic hold

District 9[edit]

California's 9th State Senate district election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Loni Hancock 272,225 77.22%
Republican Claudia Bermudez 53,299 15.12%
Peace and Freedom Marsha Feinland 26,996 7.66%
Totals 352,520 100.00%
Voter turnout 70.50%
Democratic hold

District 11[edit]

California's 11th State Senate district election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Joe Simitian (incumbent) 272,154 74.82%
Republican Blair Nathan 91,592 25.18%
Totals 363,746 100.00%
Voter turnout 76.37%
Democratic hold

District 13[edit]

California's 13th State Senate district election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Elaine Alquist (incumbent) 179,855 70.94%
Republican Shane Connolly 57,033 22.49%
Libertarian John Webster 16,659 6.57%
Totals 253,547 100.00%
Voter turnout 75.24%
Democratic hold

District 15[edit]

California's 15th State Senate district election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Abel Maldonado (incumbent) 222,617 62.91%
Independent Jim Fitzgerald 131,229 37.09%
Totals 353,846 100.00%
Voter turnout 74.71%
Republican hold

District 17[edit]

California's 17th State Senate district election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican George Runner (incumbent) 182,295 54.85%
Democratic Bruce McFarland 150,060 45.15%
Totals 332,355 100.00%
Voter turnout 70.90%
Republican hold

District 19[edit]

California's 19th State Senate district election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tony Strickland 207,976 50.10%
Democratic Hannah-Beth Jackson 207,119 49.90%
Independent Peter Diederich (write-in) 14 0.00%
Totals 415,109 100.00%
Voter turnout 78.94%
Republican hold

District 21[edit]

California's 21st State Senate district election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Carol Liu 204,737 66.88%
Republican Teddy Choi 77,525 25.33%
Libertarian Steve Myers 23,842 7.79%
Totals 306,104 100.00%
Voter turnout 69.81%
Democratic hold

District 23[edit]

California's 23rd State Senate district election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Fran Pavley 238,172 67.40%
Republican Rick Montaine 96,274 27.25%
Libertarian Colin Goldman 18,906 5.35%
Totals 353,352 100.00%
Voter turnout 70.91%
Democratic hold

District 25[edit]

California's 25th State Senate district election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Roderick Wright 179,654 71.90%
Republican Lydia Gutierrez 70,199 28.10%
Totals 249,853 100.00%
Voter turnout 66.73%
Democratic hold

District 27[edit]

California's 27th State Senate district election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Alan Lowenthal (incumbent) 171,668 67.34%
Republican Allen Wood 83,268 32.66%
Totals 254,936 100.00%
Voter turnout 67.36%
Democratic hold

District 29[edit]

California's 29th State Senate district election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Bob Huff 178,155 54.37%
Democratic Joseph Lyons 127,536 38.92%
Libertarian Jill Stone 21,983 6.71%
Totals 327,674 100.00%
Voter turnout 69.66%
Republican hold

District 31[edit]

California's 31st State Senate district election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Robert Dutton (incumbent) 186,191 58.70%
Democratic Ameenah Fuller 130,973 41.29%
Independent Denise Sternberg (write-in) 5 0.00%
Totals 317,169 100.00%
Voter turnout 70.43%
Republican hold

District 33[edit]

California's 33rd State Senate district election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mimi Walters 219,068 58.11%
Democratic Gary Pritchard 157,945 41.89%
Totals 377,013 100.00%
Voter turnout 69.46%
Republican hold

District 35[edit]

California's 35th State Senate district election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tom Harman (incumbent) 222,149 58.55%
Democratic Ginny Meyer 157,271 41.45%
Totals 379,420 100.00%
Voter turnout 67.73%
Republican hold

District 37[edit]

California's 37th State Senate district election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John Benoit 190,415 54.79%
Democratic Arthur Guerrero 157,142 45.21%
Totals 347,557 100.00%
Voter turnout 72.48%
Republican hold

District 39[edit]

California's 39th State Senate district election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Christine Kehoe (incumbent) 227,475 65.21%
Republican Jeff Perwin 108,606 31.13%
Libertarian Jesse Thomas 12,742 3.65%
Totals 348,823 100.00%
Voter turnout 73.39%
Democratic hold

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