California elections, February 2008

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The California state elections, February 2008 were held on February 5, 2008 throughout California. Presidential primaries and a special election for a State Assembly seat were among the contests held. Seven ballot propositions were also decided on.

Presidential primaries[edit]

Key: Withdrew prior to contest

American Independent presidential primary[edit]

Three candidates were on the ballot of the American Independent Party, a state political party.

California American Independence presidential primary, 2008[1]
Candidate Votes Percentage
Donald Grundmann 16,603 36.08%
Diane Templin 15,302 33.25%
Mad Max Riekse 14,099 30.64%
David Larson (write-in) 18 0.04%
Totals 46,022 100.00%
Voter turnout[A]

Democratic presidential primary[edit]

California Democratic presidential primary, 2008[1]
Candidate Votes Percentage National delegates
Hillary Clinton 2,608,184 51.47% 204
Barack Obama 2,186,662 43.16% 166
John Edwards 193,617 3.82% 0
Dennis Kucinich 24,126 0.48% 0
Bill Richardson 19,939 0.39% 0
Joe Biden 18,261 0.36% 0
Mike Gravel 8,184 0.16% 0
Christopher Dodd 8,005 0.16% 0
Willie Carter (write-in) 4 0.00% 0
Eric Hinzman (write-in) 4 0.00% 0
Phil Epstein (write-in) 3 0.00% 0
Brian Calef (write-in) 2 0.00% 0
David Frey (write-in) 1 0.00% 0
Joseph McAndrew (write-in) 1 0.00% 0
Keith Judd (write-in) 0 0.00% 0
Julius Mogyorossy (write-in) 0 0.00% 0
Totals 5,066,993 100.00% 370
Voter turnout[A]

Green presidential primary[edit]

Seven candidates participated in the Green Party's presidential primary, which is a non-binding contest.

California Green presidential primary, 2008[1]
Candidate Votes Percentage National delegates[2]
Ralph Nader 21,726 60.61% 102
Cynthia McKinney 9,534 26.60% 45
Elaine Brown 1,598 4.46% 7
Kat Swift 1,084 3.02% 5
Kent Mesplay 727 2.03% 3
Jesse Johnson 619 1.73% 3
Jared Ball 556 1.55% 3
Totals 35,844 100.00% 168
Voter turnout 28.21%

Libertarian presidential primary[edit]

California Libertarian presidential primary, 2008[1]
Candidate Votes Percentage
Christine Smith 4,241 25.16%
Steve Kubby 2,876 17.06%
Wayne Root 2,360 14.00%
Bob Jackson 1,486 8.81%
Barry Hess 891 5.29%
George Phillies 852 5.05%
Michael Jingozian 774 4.59%
Robert Milnes 721 4.28%
Daniel Imperato 707 4.19%
John Finan 706 4.19%
Dave Hollist 678 4.02%
Alden Link 565 3.35%
Leon Ray (write-in) 1 0.01%
Totals 16,858 100.00%
Voter turnout 20.96%

Peace and Freedom presidential primary[edit]

Seven candidates participated in the Peace and Freedom presidential primary, a non-binding "beauty contest". Ralph Nader received a plurality of the votes, followed by Gloria La Riva and Cynthia McKinney. Stewart Alexander was nominated to be Socialist Party candidate Brian Moore's running mate in October 2007, but remained on the Peace and Freedom ballot.

California Peace and Freedom presidential primary, 2008[1]
Candidate Votes Percentage
Ralph Nader 2,620 40.66%
Cynthia McKinney 1,385 21.49%
Gloria La Riva 1,292 20.05%
Brian Moore 355 5.51%
John Crockford 346 5.37%
Stewart Alexander 340 5.28%
Stanley Hetz 106 1.64%
Totals 6,444 100.00%
Voter turnout 11.27%

Republican presidential primary[edit]

California Republican presidential primary, 2008[1]
Candidate Votes Percentage National delegates
John McCain 1,238,988 42.25% 116
Mitt Romney 1,013,471 34.56% 3
Mike Huckabee 340,669 11.62% 0
Rudy Giuliani 128,681 4.39% 0
Ron Paul 125,365 4.27% 0
Fred Thompson 50,275 1.71% 0
Duncan Hunter 14,021 0.48% 0
Alan Keyes 11,742 0.40% 0
John Cox 3,219 0.11% 0
Tom Tancredo 3,884 0.13% 0
Sam Brownback 2,486 0.08% 0
Karen Irish (write-in) 6 0.00% 0
Michael Shaw (write-in) 2 0.00% 0
Edward Marshall (write-in) 1 0.00% 0
Joel Neuberg (write-in) 1 0.00% 0
Robert Brickell (write-in) 0 0.00% 0
Brian Calef (write-in) 0 0.00% 0
David Frey (write-in) 0 0.00% 0
Walter Rothnie (write-in) 0 0.00% 0
John Sutherland (write-in) 0 0.00% 0
Totals 2,932,811 100.00% 119
Voter turnout 56.08%

Propositions[edit]

Proposition 91[edit]

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Proposition 91 sought to amend the California Constitution to prohibit motor vehicle fuel sales taxes that are earmarked for transportation purposes from being retained in the state's General Fund.

Proposition 91[3]
Choice Votes  %
Referendum failed No 4,794,776 58.31%
Yes 3,427,588 41.69%
Valid votes 8,222,364 90.67%
Invalid or blank votes 846,051 9.33%
Total votes 9,068,415 100.00%

Proposition 92[edit]

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Proposition 92 sought to amend Proposition 98 of 1988, which sets a mandate for the minimum level of funding each year for elementary and secondary schools and community colleges.

Proposition 92[3]
Choice Votes  %
Referendum failed No 4,831,445 57.21%
Yes 3,613,332 42.79%
Valid votes 8,444,777 93.12%
Invalid or blank votes 623,638 6.88%
Total votes 9,068,415 100.00%

Proposition 93[edit]

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Proposition 93 sought to change the term limits for members of the California State Legislature in both the State Assembly and State Senate.

Proposition 93[3]
Choice Votes  %
Referendum failed No 4,574,826 53.59%
Yes 3,961,466 46.41%
Valid votes 8,536,292 94.13%
Invalid or blank votes 532,123 5.87%
Total votes 9,068,415 100.00%

Proposition 94[edit]

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Proposition 94 sought to expand the Indian Gaming Compact with the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Mission Indians.

Proposition 94[3]
Choice Votes  %
Referendum passed Yes 4,812,313 55.56%
No 3,848,998 44.44%
Valid votes 8,661,311 95.51%
Invalid or blank votes 407,104 4.49%
Total votes 9,068,415 100.00%

Proposition 95[edit]

Proposition 95 sought to expand the Indian Gaming Compact with the Morongo Band of Mission Indians.

Proposition 95[3]
Choice Votes  %
Referendum passed Yes 4,809,573 55.60%
No 3,841,352 44.40%
Valid votes 8,650,925 95.40%
Invalid or blank votes 417,490 4.60%
Total votes 9,068,415 100.00%

Proposition 96[edit]

Proposition 96 sought to expand the Indian Gaming Compact with the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation.

Proposition 96[3]
Choice Votes  %
Referendum passed Yes 4,785,413 55.45%
No 3,844,408 44.54%
Valid votes 8,629,821 95.16%
Invalid or blank votes 438,594 4.84%
Total votes 9,068,415 100.00%

Proposition 97[edit]

Proposition 97 sought to expand the Indian Gaming Compact with the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians.

Proposition 97[3]
Choice Votes  %
Referendum passed Yes 4,786,884 55.50%
No 3,838,892 44.50%
Valid votes 8,625,776 95.12%
Invalid or blank votes 442,639 4.88%
Total votes 9,068,415 100.00%

55th State Assembly district special election[edit]

The seat of California's 55th State Assembly district was vacated by Assemblymember Laura Richardson, who won a special election to fill California's 37th congressional district on June 26, 2007. The congressional district was vacant after Juanita Millender-McDonald died of cancer on April 22, 2007.

Primary election[edit]

A primary election for the special election was held on December 11, 2007. Since no candidate won a majority, the candidates with the top votes for each party appeared on the ballots for the special election.[4]

California's 55th State Assembly district special primary, 2007[4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Warren Furutani 9,578 48.52%
Democratic Mike Gipson 7,602 38.51%
Libertarian Herb Peters 1,137 5.76%
American Independent Charlotte Gibson 776 3.93%
Democratic Mervin Evans 531 2.69%
Valid votes 19,624 99.41%
Invalid or blank votes 116 0.59%
Totals 19,740 100.00%
Voter turnout 11.56%

Special election[edit]

California's 55th State Assembly district special election, 2008[5]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Warren Furutani 48,419 69.80%
American Independent Charlotte Gibson 10,785 15.55%
Libertarian Herb Peters 10,168 14.66%
Valid votes 69,372 79.80%
Invalid or blank votes 17,670 20.30%
Totals 87,042 100.00%
Voter turnout 50.96%
Democratic hold

Notes[edit]

A Voter turnout information is listed where applicable.[6] Turnout information is not available for the American Independent or Democratic primaries because both parties allowed Decline to State voters to participate.[7] There were a total of 328,261 eligible registered voters registered with the American Independent Party, 6,749,406 with the Democratic Party, and 3,043,164 who declined to state. There was a total of 15,712,753 eligible registered voters regardless of party affiliation in the entire state.[6]

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