List of special elections to the California State Senate

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Special elections to the California State Senate are called by the Governor of California when a vacancy arises within the State Senate. Most special elections are conducted in two rounds. The first is an open primary and the candidate with the most votes must have a majority of the votes plus one to win the seat. If no candidate wins a majority, a second round is held with the top candidates for each party.

Recall elections, the process by which voters petition for the removal of an elected official, are also included.

List of special elections[edit]

The dates listed indicate the time of the final election, either a runoff election or the open primary round if no second round was held.

District Date Predecessor Winner
33 October 3, 1961 James McBride (D) Robert Lagomarsino (R)
31 February 13, 1962 John Hollister (R) Alvin Weingand (D)
5 March 16, 1965 Edwin Regan (D) Fred Marler (R)
9 August 15, 1967 Gene McAteer (D) Milton Marks (R)
7 March 25, 1969 George Miller (D) John Nejedly (R)
34 August 18, 1970 John Schmitz (R) Dennis Carpenter (R)
27 July 20, 1971 George Danielson (D) David Roberti (D)
36 June 6, 1972 Gordon Cologne (R) W. Craig Biddle (R)
22 February 27, 1973 Tom Carrell (D) Alan Robbins (D)
38 March 6, 1973 Clair Burgener (R) John Stull (R)
20 January 15, 1974 William Coombs (R) Ruben Ayala (D)
24 July 2, 1974 Robert Lagomarsino (R) Omer Rains (D)
29 April 1, 1975 Mervyn Dymally (D) Bill Greene (D)
6 June 8, 1976 George Moscone (D) John Foran (D)
22 March 8, 1977 Anthony Beilenson (D) Alan Sieroty (D)
31 April 17, 1979 George Deukmejian (R) Ollie Speraw (R)
14 June 9, 1979 George Zenovich (D) Kenneth Maddy (R)
12 June 5, 1980 Jerry Smith (D) Dan O'Keefe (R)
35 April 13, 1982 John Briggs (R) John Seymour (R)
33 May 12, 1987 Paul Carpenter (D) Cecil Green (D)
39 December 5, 1989 Larry Stirling (R) Lucy Killea (D)
31 April 10, 1990 Bill Campbell (R) Frank Hill (R)
26 April 10, 1990 Joseph Montoya (D) Charles Calderon (D)
5 January 8, 1991 John Garamendi (D) Patrick Johnston (D)
1 May 14, 1991 John Doolittle (R) Tim Leslie (R)
35 May 14, 1991 John Seymour (R) John Lewis (R)
20 June 2, 1992 Alan Robbins (D) David Roberti (D)
32 March 2, 1993 Ed Royce (R) Rob Hurtt (R)
2 April 27, 1993 Barry Keene (D) Mike Thompson (D)
16 April 27, 1993 Don Rogers (R) Phil Wyman (R)
4 November 2, 1993 Mike Thompson (D) Maurice Johannessen (R)
11 November 2, 1993 Becky Morgan (R) Tom Campbell (R)
40 December 28, 1993 Wadie Deddeh (D) Steve Peace (D)
29 November 8, 1994 Frank Hill (R) Dick Mountjoy (R)
35 May 9, 1995 Marian Bergeson (R) Ross Johnson (R)
11 March 26, 1996 Tom Campbell (R) Byron Sher (D)
9 September 1, 1998 Barbara Lee (D) Don Perata (D)
32 March 7, 2000 Joe Baca (D) Nell Soto (D)
24 March 6, 2001 Hilda Solis (D) Gloria Romero (D)
35 June 6, 2006 John Campbell (R) Tom Harman (R)
26 May 19, 2009 Mark Ridley-Thomas (D) Curren Price (D)
37 June 8, 2010 John Benoit (R) Bill Emmerson (R)
15 August 17, 2010 Abel Maldonado (R) Sam Blakeslee (R)
1 January 4, 2011 Dave Cox (R) Ted Gaines (R)
17 February 15, 2011 George Runner (R) Sharon Runner (R)
28 February 15, 2011 Jenny Oropeza (D) Ted Lieu (D)
4 January 8, 2013 Doug LaMalfa (R) Jim Nielsen (R)
40 March 2, 2013 Juan Vargas (D) Ben Hueso (D)
32 May 14, 2013 Gloria Negrete McLeod (D) Norma Torres (D)
16 July 23, 2013 Michael Rubio (D) Andy Vidak (R)
26 September 17, 2013 Curren Price (D) Holly Mitchell (D)
23 March 25, 2014 Bill Emmerson (R) Mike Morrell (R)
35 December 9, 2014 Rod Wright (D) Isadore Hall, III (D)

List of recall elections[edit]

When applicable, the candidate who succeeded the recalled state senator is listed. If the recall election was not successful the winner is listed as "none".

District Date State senator Winner
20 April 12, 1994 David Roberti (D) None
12 June 3, 2008 Jeff Denham (R) None

Results[edit]

35th district special election, 2014[edit]

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California's 35th State Senate district special election, 2014
Vacancy resulting from the resignation of Rod Wright
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Isadore Hall, III 17,951 55.9%
Republican James Spencer 8,014 25.0%
Democratic Louis L. Dominguez 4,067 12.7%
Democratic Hector Serrano 2,069 6.4%
Totals 32,101 100.0%
Democratic hold

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