California State Senate elections, 2012

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California State Senate elections, 2012
California
2010 ←
November 6, 2012 (2012-11-06)
→ 2014

20 seats from odd-numbered districts in the California State Senate
  Majority party Minority party
 
Leader Darrell Steinberg Bob Huff
Party Democratic Republican
Leader's seat 6th–Sacramento 29th–Diamond Bar
Seats before 25 14
Seats after 29 10
Seat change Increase 4 Decrease 4
Popular vote 4,035,256 2,321,286
Percentage 62.61% 36.02%

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     Democratic hold     Democratic gain (including new seats)     Republican hold

Pro Tem before election

Darrell Steinberg
Democratic

Pro Tem-designate

Darrell Steinberg
Democratic

The 2012 California State Senate elections was held on November 6, 2012, with a primary election on June 5, 2012. Voters in the 20 odd-numbered districts of the California State Senate voted for their representatives. Other elections were also held on November 6.

Overview[edit]

California State Senate elections, 2012
Primary election — June 5, 2012
Party Votes Percentage Candidates Advancing to general Seats contesting
Democratic 1,534,788 59.34% 28 22 20
Republican 1,015,668 39.27% 20 16 16
Libertarian 23,098 0.89% 2 0 0
No party preference 11,923 0.46% 1 0 0
Peace and Freedom 788 0.03% 2 2 2
Totals 2,586,265 100.00% 53 40
California State Senate elections, 2012
General election — November 6, 2012
Party Votes Percentage Not up Contested Before After +/–
Democratic 4,035,256 62.61% 14 11 25 29 Increase 4
Republican 2,321,286 36.02% 6 9 14† 10† Decrease 4
Peace and Freedom 88,658 1.38% 0 0 0 0 Steady
Totals 6,445,200 100.00% 20 20 39† 39†

† The 4th district, which was not up for election in this cycle, was vacant due to the resignation of Republican Doug LaMalfa.

Midpoint
29 1 10
Democratic Vacant Republican

Results[edit]

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, 2012
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Ted Gaines (incumbent) 110,168 48.2%
Democratic Julie Griffith-Flatter 68,947 30.2%
Republican Les Baugh 37,442 16.4%
No party preference "Bo" Bogdan I. Ambrozewicz 11,923 5.2%
Totals 228,480 100.0%
General election
Republican Ted Gaines (incumbent) 263,256 63.7%
Democratic Julie Griffith-Flatter 150,111 36.3%
Totals 413,367 100.0%
Republican hold

District 3[edit]

California's 3rd State Senate district election, 2012
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Lois Wolk (incumbent) 116,403 96.9%
Republican Frank Miranda (write-in) 2,402 2.0%
Republican Gary Clift (write-in) 1,341 1.1%
Totals 120,146 100.0%
General election
Democratic Lois Wolk (incumbent) 233,406 66.2%
Republican Frank Miranda 119,033 33.8%
Totals 352,439 100.0%
Democratic hold

District 5[edit]

California's 5th State Senate district election, 2012
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Cathleen Galgiani 52,148 40.7%
Republican Bill Berryhill 45,819 35.8%
Republican Leroy Ornellas 30,109 23.5%
Totals 128,076 100.0%
General election
Democratic Cathleen Galgiani 142,145 50.5%
Republican Bill Berryhill 139,502 49.5%
Totals 281,647 100.0%
Democratic win (new seat)

District 7[edit]

California's 7th State Senate district election, 2012
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Mark DeSaulnier (incumbent) 91,224 57.0%
Republican Mark P. Meuser 68,730 43.0%
Totals 159,954 100.0%
General election
Democratic Mark DeSaulnier (incumbent) 229,105 61.5%
Republican Mark P. Meuser 143,707 38.5%
Totals 372,812 100.0%
Democratic hold

District 9[edit]

California's 9th State Senate district election, 2012
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Loni Hancock (incumbent) 123,624 99.3%
Peace and Freedom Mary Catherine McIlroy (write-in) 785 0.6%
Libertarian Lisa D. Ringer (write-in) 95 0.1%
Totals 124,504 100.0%
General election
Democratic Loni Hancock (incumbent) 300,994 85.8%
Peace and Freedom Mary Catherine McIlroy 49,987 14.2%
Totals 350,981 100.0%
Democratic hold

District 11[edit]

California's 11th State Senate district election, 2012
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Mark Leno (incumbent) 118,023 82.0%
Republican Harmeet Dhillon 25,828 18.0%
Totals 143,851 100.0%
General election
Democratic Mark Leno (incumbent) 303,241 84.7%
Republican Harmeet Dhillon 54,887 15.3%
Totals 358,128 100.0%
Democratic hold

District 13[edit]

California's 13th State Senate district election, 2012
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jerry Hill 76,033 51.1%
Democratic Sally J. Lieber 33,566 22.5%
Libertarian John H. Webster 23,003 15.4%
Democratic Christopher Kent Chiang 16,317 11.0%
Totals 148,919 100.0%
General election
Democratic Jerry Hill 218,775 66.1%
Democratic Sally J. Lieber 112,321 33.9%
Totals 331,096 100.0%
Democratic hold

District 15[edit]

California's 15th State Senate district election, 2012
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jim Beall 69,179 55.5%
Democratic Joe Coto 55,387 44.5%
Totals 124,566 100.0%
General election
Democratic Jim Beall 160,451 56.7%
Democratic Joe Coto 122,345 43.3%
Totals 282,796 100.0%
Democratic hold

District 17[edit]

California's 17th State Senate district election, 2012
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Bill Monning 110,890 59.4%
Republican Larry Beaman 75,713 40.6%
Totals 186,603 100.0%
General election
Democratic Bill Monning 236,213 63.3%
Republican Larry Beaman 136,836 36.7%
Totals 373,049 100.0%
Democratic gain from Republican

District 19[edit]

California's 19th State Senate district election, 2012
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mike Stoker 69,252 44.9%
Democratic Hannah-Beth Jackson 64,219 41.6%
Democratic Jason Hodge 20,828 13.5%
Totals 154,299 100.0%
General election
Democratic Hannah-Beth Jackson 180,780 55.7%
Republican Mike Stoker 143,819 44.3%
Totals 324,599 100.0%
Democratic gain from Republican

District 21[edit]

California's 21st State Senate district election, 2012
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Steve Knight 61,245 69.0%
Democratic Star Moffatt 27,545 31.0%
Totals 88,790 100.0%
General election
Republican Steve Knight 153,412 57.6%
Democratic Star Moffatt 112,780 42.4%
Totals 266,192 100.0%
Republican hold

District 23[edit]

California's 23rd State Senate district election, 2012
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Bill Emmerson (incumbent) 70,465 65.0%
Democratic Melissa Ruth O'Donnell 37,939 35.0%
Totals 108,404 100.0%
General election
Republican Bill Emmerson (incumbent) 159,045 56.3%
Democratic Melissa Ruth O'Donnell 123,518 43.7%
Totals 282,563 100.0%
Republican hold

District 25[edit]

California's 25th State Senate district election, 2012
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Carol Liu (incumbent) 62,930 51.3%
Republican Gilbert V. Gonzales 53,093 43.3%
Democratic Ameenah Fuller 6,592 5.4%
Totals 122,615 100.0%
General election
Democratic Carol Liu (incumbent) 213,127 60.8%
Republican Gilbert V. Gonzales 137,651 39.2%
Totals 350,778 100.0%
Democratic hold

District 27[edit]

California's 27th State Senate district election, 2012
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Todd Zink 68,384 51.1%
Democratic Fran Pavley (incumbent) 65,552 48.9%
Totals 133,936 100.0%
General election
Democratic Fran Pavley (incumbent) 197,757 53.6%
Republican Todd Zink 171,438 46.4%
Totals 369,195 100.0%
Democratic hold

District 29[edit]

California's 29th State Senate district election, 2012
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Bob Huff (incumbent) 68,708 64.3%
Democratic Greg Diamond 38,169 35.7%
Totals 106,877 100.0%
General election
Republican Bob Huff (incumbent) 160,912 55.1%
Democratic Greg Diamond 131,228 44.9%
Totals 292,140 100.0%
Republican hold

District 31[edit]

California's 31st State Senate district election, 2012
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jeff Miller 38,641 51.1%
Democratic Richard Roth 21,812 28.8%
Democratic Steve Clute 15,191 20.1%
Totals 75,644 100.0%
General election
Democratic Richard Roth 133,882 55.3%
Republican Jeff Miller 108,320 44.7%
Totals 242,202 100.0%
Democratic win (new seat)

District 33[edit]

California's 33rd State Senate district election, 2012
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Ricardo Lara 35,865 100.0%
Peace and Freedom Lee H. Chauser (write-in) 3 0.0%
Totals 35,868 100.0%
General election
Democratic Ricardo Lara 158,707 80.4%
Peace and Freedom Lee H. Chauser 38,671 19.6%
Totals 197,378 100.0%
Democratic hold

District 35[edit]

California's 35th State Senate district election, 2012
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Roderick Wright (incumbent) 40,312 57.4%
Republican Charlotte A. Svolos 18,793 26.8%
Democratic Paul Butterfield 11,091 15.8%
Totals 70,196 100.0%
General election
Democratic Roderick Wright (incumbent) 192,483 76.5%
Republican Charlotte A. Svolos 59,077 23.5%
Totals 251,560 100.0%
Democratic hold

District 37[edit]

California's 37th State Senate district election, 2012
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mimi Walters (incumbent) 88,321 63.6%
Democratic Steve Young 50,562 36.4%
Totals 138,883 100.0%
General election
Republican Mimi Walters (incumbent) 213,086 57.0%
Democratic Steve Young 160,595 43.0%
Totals 373,681 100.0%
Republican hold

District 39[edit]

California's 39th State Senate district election, 2012
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Marty Block 85,930 46.3%
Republican George Plescia 81,214 43.7%
Democratic Patrick L. Marsh 18,510 10.0%
Totals 185,654 100.0%
General election
Democratic Marty Block 221,012 58.4%
Republican George Plescia 157,305 41.6%
Totals 378,317 100.0%
Democratic hold

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