Electoral history of Nancy Pelosi

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Nancy Pelosi has run in two Congressional districts for California. Pelosi's only close race so far has been the special election to succeed Sala Burton's seat after her death in February 1987. In the special election's Democratic primary, Pelosi narrowly defeated San Francisco Supervisor Harry Britt, considered the more progressive candidate, with 36 percent of the vote to his 32 percent.[1] In the runoff against Republican candidate Harriet Ross, Pelosi received more than a 2 to 1 majority of cast votes in a turnout that comprised about 24% of eligible voters.[2] Since then, Pelosi has enjoyed overwhelming support in her political career, collecting 76 and 77 percent of the vote in California's 5th congressional district for the 1988 and 1990 Race for Representatives. In 1992, after the redistricting from the 1990 Census, Pelosi ran in California's 8th congressional district, which now covered the San Francisco area. She has continued to post landslide results since, dropping beneath 80 percent of the vote only four times.[3] As Democratic Leader in the United States House of Representatives since 2002, she has sought election to the office of Speaker of the United States House of Representatives every two years since that time.

Races for Congress[edit]

United States House of Representatives, California District 5 special election (round one), April 7, 1987[4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Nancy Pelosi 38,927 36.1%
Democratic Harry Britt 35,008 32.5%
Democratic William Maher 15,355 14.2%
Democratic Doris M. Ward 6,498 6.0%
Republican Harriet Ross 3,016 2.8%
Democratic Carol R. Silver 2,896 2.7%
Republican Kevin W. Wadsworth 1,755 1.6%
Republican Tom Spinosa 1,712 1.6%
Republican Mike Garza 1,262 1.2%
Independent Karen Edwards 447 0.4%
Libertarian Sam Grove 408 0.4%
Peace and Freedom Theodore "Ted" Zuur 187 0.2%
Independent Catherine P. Sedwick 164 0.2%
Democratic Brian Lantz 141 0.1%
Totals 107,776 100%
Voter turnout  %
United States House of Representatives, California District 5 special election (round two), June 2, 1987[5]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Nancy Pelosi 46,428 63.3%
Republican Harriet Ross 22,478 30.7%
Independent Karen Edwards 1,602 2.2%
Peace and Freedom Theodore "Ted" Zuur 1,105 1.5%
Libertarian Sam Grove 1,007 1.4%
Independent Catherine P. Sedwick 659 0.9%
Totals 73,279 100%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold
United States House of Representatives elections, 1988[6]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Nancy Pelosi (incumbent) 133,530 76.4%
Republican Bruce Michael O'Neill 33,692 19.3%
Peace and Freedom Theodore "Ted" Zuur 3,975 2.3%
Libertarian Sam Grove 3,561 2.0%
Totals 174,758 100%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold
United States House of Representatives elections, 1990[7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Nancy Pelosi (incumbent) 120,633 77.2%
Republican Alan Nichols 35,671 22.8%
Totals 156,304 100%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold
United States House of Representatives elections, 1992[8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Nancy Pelosi 191,906 82.5%
Republican Marc Wolin 25,693 11.0%
Peace and Freedom Cesar G. Cadabes 7,572 3.3%
Libertarian James R. Elwood 7,511 3.2%
Independent write-in 9 0.0%
Totals 232,691 100%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold


United States House of Representatives, California District 8 primary election, 1994[9]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Nancy Pelosi (incumbent) 66,247 92.4%
Democratic Robert Ingraham 5,476 7.6%
Totals 71,723 %
United States House of Representatives elections, 1994[10]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Nancy Pelosi (incumbent) 137,642 81.8%
Republican Elsa C. Cheung 30,528 18.2%
Independent write-in 1 0.0%
Totals 168,171 100%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold
United States House of Representatives elections, 1996[11]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Nancy Pelosi (incumbent) 175,216 84.3%
Republican Justin Raimondo 25,739 12.4%
Natural Law David Smithstein 6,783 3.3%
Totals 207,738 100%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold
United States House of Representatives elections, 1998[12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Nancy Pelosi (incumbent) 148,027 85.8%
Republican David J. Martz 20,781 12.1%
Natural Law David Smithstein 3,654 2.1%
Totals 172,462 100%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold
United States House of Representatives elections, 2000[13]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Nancy Pelosi (incumbent) 181,847 84.5%
Republican Adam Sparks 25,298 11.7%
Libertarian Erik Bauman 5,645 2.6%
Natural Law David Smithstein 2,638 1.2%
Totals 215,428 100%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold


United States House of Representatives, California District 8 primary election, 2002[14]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Nancy Pelosi (incumbent) 65,949 93.1%
Democratic Robert Ingraham 4,898 6.9%
Totals 70,847 %
United States House of Representatives elections, 2002[15]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Nancy Pelosi (incumbent) 127,684 79.6%
Republican G. Michael German 20,063 12.6%
Green Jay Pond 10,033 6.2%
Libertarian Ira Spivack 2,659 1.6%
Independent Deborah Liatos 2 0.0%
Totals 160,441 100%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold
United States House of Representatives elections, 2004[16]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Nancy Pelosi (incumbent) 224,017 83.0%
Republican Jennifer Depalma 31,074 11.5%
Peace and Freedom Leilani Dowell 9,527 3.5%
Independent Terry Baum 5,446 (write-in) 2.0%
Totals 270,064 100%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold
United States House of Representatives elections, 2006[17]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Nancy Pelosi (incumbent) 148,435 80.4%
Republican Mike DeNunzio 19,800 10.8%
Green Krissy Keefer 13,653 7.4%
Libertarian Philip Zimt Berg 2,751 1.4%
Totals 184,639 100%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold


United States House of Representatives, California District 8 primary election, 2008[18]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Nancy Pelosi (incumbent) 83,510 89.2%
Democratic Shirley Golub 10,105 10.8%
Totals 93,615 %
United States House of Representatives elections, 2008[19]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Nancy Pelosi (incumbent) 204,996 71.9%
Independent Cindy Sheehan 46,118 16.2%
Republican Dana Walsh 27,614 9.7%
Libertarian Philip Z. Berg 6,504 2.2%
Independent Lea Sherman 11 (write-in) 0.0%
Independent Michelle Wong Clay 4 (write-in) 0.0%
Totals 285,247 100%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold
United States House of Representatives elections, 2010[20][21]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Nancy Pelosi (incumbent) 167,957 80.1%
Republican John Dennis 31,711 15.2%
Peace and Freedom Gloria La Riva 5,161 2.4%
Libertarian Philip Zimt Berg 4,843 2.3%
Democratic hold


United States House of Representatives, California District 12 primary election, 2012 [22]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Nancy Pelosi (incumbent) 89,446 74.9%
Republican John Dennis 16,206 13.6%
Green Barry Hermanson 6,398 5.4%
Democratic David Peterson 3,756 3.1%
Democratic Summer Shields 2,146 1.8%
Democratic Americo Arturo Diaz 1,499 1.3%
Totals 119,451 %
United States House of Representatives elections, 2012[23]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Nancy Pelosi (incumbent) 253,709 85.1%
Republican John Dennis 44,478 14.9%
Democratic hold

Races for Speaker[edit]

U.S. House of Representatives speaker election, 2013[24]
Candidate Votes  %
John Boehner 220 50.8%
Nancy Pelosi 192 44.3%
Eric Cantor 3 0.1%
Jim Cooper 2 <0.1%
Allen West* 2 <0.1%
Justin Amash 1 <0.1%
John Dingell 1 <0.1%
Jim Jordan 1 <0.1%
Raul Labrador 1 <0.1%
John Lewis 1 <0.1%
Colin Powell* 1 <0.1%
David Walker* 1 <0.1%
Not voting[nb 1] 7 0.2%
Total 433[nb 2] 100%
U.S. House of Representatives speaker election, 2011[25]
Candidate Votes  %
John Boehner 242 55.6%
Nancy Pelosi 173 39.8%
Heath Shuler 11 2.5%
John Lewis 2 <0.1%
Dennis Cardoza 1 <0.1%
Jim Costa 1 <0.1%
Jim Cooper 1 <0.1%
Steny Hoyer 1 <0.1%
Marcy Kaptur 1 <0.1%
Not voting[nb 3] 2 <0.1%
Total 435 100%
U.S. House of Representatives speaker election, 2009[26]
Candidate Votes  %
Nancy Pelosi 255 58.6%
John Boehner 174 40.1%
Didn't vote 5 0.9%
Total 434[nb 4] 100%
U.S. House of Representatives speaker election, 2007[27]
Candidate Votes  %
Nancy Pelosi 233 53.6%
John Boehner 202 46.4%
Total 435 100%
U.S. House of Representatives speaker election, 2005[28]
Candidate Votes  %
Dennis Hastert 226 52.1%
Nancy Pelosi 199 45.9%
John Murtha 1 <0.1%
Not voting[nb 5] 8 1.8%
Total 434[nb 6] 100%
U.S. House of Representatives speaker election, 2003[29]
Candidate Votes  %
Dennis Hastert 228 52.4%
Nancy Pelosi 201 46.2%
John Murtha 1 <0.1%
Not voting[nb 7] 5 1.1%
Total 435 100%

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Of these 7, 6 members did not cast a vote and 1 cast a vote of "present".
  2. ^ At the time of the election, two seats were vacant leaving 433 voting representatives.
  3. ^ Of these 2, 1 member did not cast a vote and 1 cast a vote of "present".
  4. ^ At the time of the election, one seats was vacant leaving 434 voting representatives.
  5. ^ Of these 8, 7 members did not cast a vote and 1 cast a vote of "present".
  6. ^ At the time of the election, one seats was vacant leaving 434 voting representatives.
  7. ^ Of these 5, 1 member did not cast a vote and 4 cast a vote of "present".

References[edit]

  1. ^ Is this the new face of the Democratic Party "House race in west goes to runoff". The New York Times. April 9, 1987. Retrieved 2007-05-29.  Accessed via Lexis-Nexis.
  2. ^ "Nancy Pelosi Wins House Seat". The Washington Post. June 3, 1987.  Accessed via Lexis-Nexis.
  3. ^ In 2002, she garnered 79.58% of the vote.
  4. ^ Our Campaigns "California District 5 Special Election - April 7, 1987," (retrieved on August 2nd, 2009).
  5. ^ Our Campaigns "California District 5 - Special Election Race - June 2, 1987," (retrieved on August 2nd, 2009).
  6. ^ Office of the Clerk of the United States House of Representatives "STATISTICS OF THE CONGRESSIONAL ELECTION OF NOVEMBER 8, 1988," (retrieved on August 2nd, 2009).
  7. ^ Office of the Clerk of the United States House of Representatives "STATISTICS OF THE CONGRESSIONAL ELECTION OF NOVEMBER 6, 1990," (retrieved on August 2nd, 2009).
  8. ^ Office of the Clerk of the United States House of Representatives "STATISTICS OF THE CONGRESSIONAL ELECTION OF NOVEMBER 3, 1992," (retrieved on August 2nd, 2009).
  9. ^ "June 7, 1994 Primary Election - Statement of Vote". Secretary of State of California. Retrieved 24 December 2013. 
  10. ^ Office of the Clerk of the United States House of Representatives "STATISTICS OF THE CONGRESSIONAL ELECTION OF NOVEMBER 8, 1994," (retrieved on August 2nd, 2009).
  11. ^ Office of the Clerk of the United States House of Representatives "STATISTICS OF THE CONGRESSIONAL ELECTION OF NOVEMBER 5, 1996," (retrieved on August 2nd, 2009).
  12. ^ Office of the Clerk of the United States House of Representatives "STATISTICS OF THE CONGRESSIONAL ELECTION OF NOVEMBER 3, 1998," (retrieved on August 2nd, 2009).
  13. ^ Office of the California Secretary of State "United States Representative in Congress," (retrieved on August 2nd, 2009).
  14. ^ "March 5, 2002 Primary Election - Statement of Vote". Secretary of State of California. Retrieved 24 December 2013. 
  15. ^ Office of the California Secretary of State "United States Representative in Congress," (retrieved on August 2nd, 2009).
  16. ^ Office of the California Secretary of State "United States Representative in Congress," (retrieved on August 2nd, 2009).
  17. ^ Office of the California Secretary of State "United States Representative in Congress," (retrieved on August 2nd, 2009).
  18. ^ "June 3, 2008 Statewide Primary Election - Statement of Vote". Secretary of State of California. Retrieved 24 December 2013. 
  19. ^ Office of the California Secretary of State "United States Representative in Congress," (retrieved on August 2nd, 2009).
  20. ^ New York Times election report
  21. ^ California Secretary of State official report of 2010 elections results
  22. ^ "Statement of Vote - June 5, 2012 Presidential Primary Election". Secretary of State of California. Retrieved 24 December 2013. 
  23. ^ California Secretary of State
  24. ^ http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll002.xml
  25. ^ http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2011/roll002.xml
  26. ^ http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2009/roll002.xml
  27. ^ http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2007/roll002.xml
  28. ^ http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2005/roll002.xml
  29. ^ http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2003/roll002.xml