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United States House of Representatives elections in California, 2008
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All 53 California seats to the United States House of Representatives
  Majority party Minority party
 
Party Democratic Republican
Last election 34 19
Seats won 34 19
Seat change Steady Steady
Popular vote 7,380,825 4,515,925
Percentage 59.90% 36.65%
Swing Increase3.00% Decrease3.48%

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Results by congressional district

The United States House of Representatives elections in California, 2008 were held on November 4, 2008 to determine who would represent California various congressional districts in the United States House of Representatives. In the 111th Congress, California has 53 seats in the House, apportioned accordingly after the 2000 United States Census. Representatives are elected to two-year terms; those elected will serve in the 111th Congress from January 3, 2009 to January 3, 2011. The election coincides with the United States presidential election as well as other elections in California.

According to CQ Politics, the districts considered the most competitive were the 4th and 11th, with the 3rd, 8th, 26th, 46th and 50th as less than safe as well.[1]

Overview[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections in California, 2008[2]
Party Votes Percentage Seats +/–
Democratic 7,380,825 59.90% 34 0
Republican 4,515,925 36.65% 19 0
Libertarian 220,118 1.79% 0 0
Independent 90,340 0.73% 0 0
Green 60,926 0.49% 0 0
Peace and Freedom 47,659 0.39% 0 0
American Independent 6,286 0.05% 0 0
Valid votes 12,322,079 89.66%
Invalid or blank votes 1,421,098 10.34%
Totals 13,743,177 100.00% 53
Voter turnout 79.42%

Results[edit]

Below are the final official results as reported by the Secretary of State.[2][3]

District 1District 2District 3District 4District 5District 6District 7District 8District 9District 10District 11District 12District 13District 14District 15District 16District 17District 18District 19District 20District 21District 22District 23District 24District 25District 26District 27District 28District 29District 30District 31District 32District 33District 34District 35District 36District 37District 38District 39District 40District 41District 42District 43District 44District 45District 46District 47District 48District 49District 50District 51District 52District 53

District 1[edit]

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California's 1st congressional district election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Mike Thompson (incumbent) 197,812 68.10%
Republican Zane Starkewolf 67,853 23.36%
Green Carol Wolman 24,793 8.54%
Green Pamela Elizondo (write-in) 14 0.00%
Totals 290,472 100.00%
Voter turnout 75.99%
Democratic hold

District 2[edit]

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California's 2nd congressional district election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Wally Herger (incumbent) 163,459 57.89%
Democratic Jeffrey Morris 118,878 42.11%
Totals 282,337 100.00%
Voter turnout 76.98%
Republican hold

District 3[edit]

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California's 3rd congressional district election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Dan Lungren (incumbent) 155,424 49.49%
Democratic Bill Durston 137,971 43.93%
Peace and Freedom Dina Padilla 13,378 4.26%
Libertarian Douglas Tuma 7,273 2.32%
Totals 314,046 100.00%
Voter turnout 76.21%
Republican hold

District 4[edit]

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On December 2, 2008, Republican Tom McClintock declared victory over Democrat Charlie Brown in the race in the 4th congressional district. Brown conceded his defeat the next day. The race had been so close that it took four weeks of counting all mailed and provisional ballots before McClintock could be assured of victory.

CQ Politics had forecast the race in this traditionally Republican district as 'No Clear Favorite'.[4] Four polls sponsored by Brown or by Daily Kos showed Brown in the lead; two polls sponsored by McClintock showed McClintock in the lead.[5]

Pollster Dates Respondents McClintock Brown Other Undecided
Val Smith (R-McClintock) 10/21-22/08 400 likely voters 49% 40% - -
DailyKos.com (D)/Research 2000 10/20-22/08 400 likely voters 42% 48% 4% 6%
DailyKos.com (D)/Research 2000 9/23-25/08 400 likely voters 41% 46% 5% 8%
Val Smith (R-McClintock) 9/22-24/08 400 likely voters 47% 39% - -
Benenson Strategy (D-Brown) 8/21-24/08 500 likely voters 41% 43% - 15%
Benenson Strategy (D-Brown) 5/14-15/08 400 likely voters 40% 42% - 18%

Charlie Brown is a retired Air Force officer who first ran for this seat in 2006, losing to incumbent John Doolittle by three percent of the vote. Brown announced in February 2007 that he would run again in 2008. Doolittle's prospects for reelection suffered because of a federal investigation into his alleged ties to Jack Abramoff. In April 2007, the FBI raided Doolittle's Virginia home. Doolittle denies all wrongdoing, and has not been charged with any crime. On January 10, 2008, Doolittle announced that he would finish his term but not run for re-election.[6]

On March 4, 2008, State Senator Tom McClintock of Thousand Oaks officially launched his campaign for this district at the Placer County Courthouse in Auburn. McClintock received immediate endorsements from local and state Republicans, including State Senator Sam Aanasted, State Assemblyman Ted Gaines, State Assemblyman Rick Keene, Auburn City Councilman Kevin Hanley, Yuba County Supervisor Dan Logue, and Nevada County Supervisor Sue Horne. [7]

Brown was endorsed by Senator Max Cleland, former General Wesley Clark, former Republican Congressman Pete McCloskey, Senator Jim Webb of Virginia, and many veterans' groups including the Veterans' Alliance for Security and Democracy and VoteVets.org.[8]

In the primary election on June 3, 2008, Tom McClintock won the Republican primary with 54% of the vote ahead of Doug Ose, Suzanne Jones, and Theodore Terbolizard, in that order.[9] Other Republican candidates had withdrawn from the race and thus did not appear on the ballot, including Rico Oller, Eric Egland, and Auburn City Councilman Mike Holmes.[10]

Charlie Brown won the Democratic primary with 88% of the vote, ahead of John "Wolf" Wolfgram,[9] who had little financial support.[11]

California's 4th congressional district election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tom McClintock 185,790 50.24%
Democratic Charles Brown 183,990 49.76%
Totals 369,780 100.00%
Voter turnout 82.07%
Republican hold

District 5[edit]

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California's 5th congressional district election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Doris Matsui (incumbent) 164,242 74.27%
Republican Paul Smith 46,002 20.80%
Peace and Freedom Linda Roberts 10,731 4.85%
Independent David Lynch (write-in) 180 0.08%
Totals 221,155 100.00%
Voter turnout 70.93%
Democratic hold

District 6[edit]

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California's 6th congressional district election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Lynn Woolsey (incumbent) 229,672 71.69%
Republican Mike Halliwell 77,073 24.06%
Libertarian Joel Smolen 13,617 4.25%
Totals 320,362 100.00%
Voter turnout 87.80%
Democratic hold

District 7[edit]

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California's 7th congressional district election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic George Miller (incumbent) 170,962 72.82%
Republican Roger Petersen 51,166 21.79%
Peace and Freedom William Callison 6,695 2.85%
Libertarian Camden McConnell 5,950 2.53%
Totals 234,773 100.00%
Voter turnout 79.02%
Democratic hold

District 8[edit]

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The eighth congressional district has been represented by Democrat Nancy Pelosi since 1993, when the area was redistricted from the 5th congressional district. Pelosi, who is Speaker of the House, is considered safe for re-election, but Iraq War activist Cindy Sheehan announced that she would consider running against Pelosi if Pelosi did not put in an article of impeachment against President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney.[12] She qualified for the ballot as an independent candidate and was endorsed by the Peace and Freedom Party.[13]

California's 8th congressional district election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Nancy Pelosi (incumbent) 204,996 71.87%
Independent Cindy Sheehan 46,118 16.17%
Republican Dana Walsh 27,614 9.68%
Libertarian Philip Berg 6,504 2.28%
Independent Lea Sherman (write-in) 11 0.00%
Independent Michelle Clay (write-in) 4 0.00%
Totals 285,247 100.00%
Voter turnout 73.15%
Democratic hold

District 9[edit]

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California's 9th congressional district election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Barbara Lee (incumbent) 238,915 86.06%
Republican Charles Hargrave 26,917 9.70%
Libertarian James Eyer 11,704 4.22%
Green David Heller (write-in) 37 0.01%
Republican Christopher Kula (write-in) 27 0.01%
Totals 277,600 100.00%
Voter turnout 72.10%
Democratic hold

District 10[edit]

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California's 10th congressional district election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Ellen Tauscher (incumbent) 192,226 65.12%
Republican Nicholas Gerber 91,877 31.13%
Peace and Freedom Eugene Ruyle 11,062 3.75%
Totals 295,165 100.00%
Voter turnout 79.75%
Democratic hold

District 11[edit]

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California's 11th congressional district election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jerry McNerney (incumbent) 164,500 55.27%
Republican Dean Andal 133,104 44.72%
American Independent David Christensen (write-in) 12 0.00%
Totals 297,616 100.00%
Voter turnout 78.53%
Democratic hold

District 12[edit]

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California's 12th congressional district is represented by Democrat Jackie Speier. She won a special election months before the general election to replace Tom Lantos, who represented the district from 1981 until his death due to esophageal cancer at the age of 80 in 2008. Lantos had announced that he would not seek re-election due to his declining health. This overwhelmingly Democratic district comprises mainly northern San Mateo County and the Sunset area of San Francisco.

California's 12th congressional district election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jackie Speier (incumbent) 200,442 75.11%
Republican Greg Conlon 49,258 18.46%
Peace and Freedom Nathalie Hrizi 5,793 2.17%
Green Barry Hermanson 5,776 2.16%
Libertarian Kevin Peterson 5,584 2.09%
Totals 266,853 100.00%
Voter turnout 72.73%
Democratic hold

District 13[edit]

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California's 13th congressional district has been represented by Democrat Pete Stark since 1973. Often regarded as the most liberal member of Congress (and its only atheist), Stark is ran for re-election and was unopposed for the Democratic nomination.[14] His overwhelmingly Democratic district is centered in the East Bay and includes Hayward.

California's 13th congressional district election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Pete Stark (incumbent) 166,829 76.43%
Republican Raymond Chui 51,447 23.57%
Totals 218,276 100.00%
Voter turnout 70.72%
Democratic hold

District 14[edit]

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California's 14th congressional district election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Anna Eshoo (incumbent) 190,301 69.77%
Republican Ronny Santana 60,610 22.22%
Libertarian Brian Holtz 11,929 4.37%
Green Carol Brouillet 9,926 3.64%
Totals 272,766 100.00%
Voter turnout 78.46%
Democratic hold

District 15[edit]

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California's 15th congressional district election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Mike Honda (incumbent) 170,977 71.66%
Republican Joyce Cordi 55,489 23.26%
Green Peter Myers 12,123 5.08%
Totals 238,589 100.00%
Voter turnout 78.78%
Democratic hold

District 16[edit]

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California's 16th congressional district election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Zoe Lofgren (incumbent) 146,481 71.34%
Republican Charel Winston 49,399 24.06%
Libertarian Steven Wells 9,447 4.60%
Totals 205,327 100.00%
Voter turnout 75.75%
Democratic hold

District 17[edit]

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California's 17th congressional district election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Sam Farr (incumbent) 168,907 73.88%
Republican Jeff Taylor 59,037 25.82%
Independent Peter Andresen (write-in) 682 0.30%
Totals 228,626 100.00%
Voter turnout 79.72%
Democratic hold

District 18[edit]

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California's 18th congressional district election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Dennis Cardoza (incumbent) 130,192 100.00%
Totals 130,192 100.00%
Voter turnout 48.61%
Democratic hold

District 19[edit]

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California's 19th congressional district election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican George Radanovich (incumbent) 179,245 98.43%
Democratic Peter Leinau (write-in) 2,490 1.37%
Independent Phil Rockey (write-in) 366 0.20%
Totals 182,101 100.00%
Voter turnout 51.19%
Republican hold

District 20[edit]

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California's 20th congressional district election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jim Costa (incumbent) 93,023 74.33%
Republican Jim Lopez 32,118 25.67%
Totals 125,141 100.00%
Voter turnout 60.55%
Democratic hold

District 21[edit]

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California's 21st congressional district election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Devin Nunes (incumbent) 143,498 68.39%
Democratic Larry Johnson 66,317 31.61%
Totals 209,815 100.00%
Voter turnout 69.40%
Republican hold

District 22[edit]

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California's 22nd congressional district election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Kevin McCarthy (incumbent) 224,549 100.00%
Totals 224,549 100.00%
Voter turnout 61.56%
Republican hold

District 23[edit]

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California's 23rd congressional district election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Lois Capps (incumbent) 171,403 68.07%
Republican Matt Kokkonen 80,385 31.93%
Totals 251,788 100.00%
Voter turnout 77.41%
Democratic hold

District 24[edit]

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California's 24th congressional district has been represented by Republican Elton Gallegly since 1987. Although he had claimed that his 2006 campaign would be his last, Gallegly has announced that he intends to seek another term in 2008. Republican State Senator Tom McClintock, who has name statewide recognition from his several statewide campaigns, would have considered the likely frontrunner were there an open seat but moved to an open seat in Northern California's 4th District in 2008. McClintock had been an intra-party rival to Gallegly, who had hoped to have a political ally nominated to succeed him. Bush won 55% here in 2004.

California's 24th congressional district election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Elton Gallegly (incumbent) 174,492 58.15%
Democratic Marta Jorgensen 125,560 41.85%
Totals 300,052 100.00%
Voter turnout 77.30%
Republican hold

District 25[edit]

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California's 25th congressional district election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Howard McKeon (incumbent) 144,660 57.73%
Democratic Jackie Conaway 105,929 42.27%
Totals 250,589 100.00%
Voter turnout 72.24%
Republican hold

District 26[edit]

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California's 26th congressional district election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican David Dreier (incumbent) 140,615 52.64%
Democratic Russ Warner 108,039 40.44%
Libertarian Ted Brown 18,476 6.92%
Totals 267,130 100.00%
Voter turnout 72.22%
Republican hold

District 27[edit]

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California's 27th congressional district election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Brad Sherman (incumbent) 145,812 68.51%
Republican Navraj Singh 52,852 24.83%
Libertarian Tim Denton 14,171 6.66%
Totals 212,835 100.00%
Voter turnout 70.78%
Democratic hold

District 28[edit]

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California's 28th congressional district election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Howard Berman (incumbent) 137,471 99.89%
Independent Michael Koch (write-in) 150 0.11%
Totals 137,621 100.00%
Voter turnout 55.68%
Democratic hold

District 29[edit]

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California's 29th congressional district election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Adam Schiff (incumbent) 146,198 68.91%
Republican Charles Hahn 56,727 26.74%
Libertarian Alan Pyeatt 9,219 4.35%
Totals 212,144 100.00%
Voter turnout 68.57%
Democratic hold

District 30[edit]

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California's 30th congressional district election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Henry Waxman (incumbent) 242,792 100.00%
Totals 242,792 100.00%
Voter turnout 58.37%
Democratic hold

District 31[edit]

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California's 31st congressional district election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Xavier Becerra (incumbent) 110,955 100.00%
Totals 110,955 100.00%
Voter turnout 57.69%
Democratic hold

District 32[edit]

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California's 32nd congressional district election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Hilda Solis (incumbent) 130,142 99.99%
Independent Innocent Osunwa (write-in) 8 0.01%
Totals 130,150 100.00%
Voter turnout 53.65%
Democratic hold

District 33[edit]

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California's 33rd congressional district election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Diane Watson (incumbent) 186,924 87.57%
Republican David Crowley 26,536 12.43%
Totals 213,460 100.00%
Voter turnout 70.19%
Democratic hold

District 34[edit]

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California's 34th congressional district election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Lucille Roybal-Allard (incumbent) 98,503 77.09%
Republican Christopher Balding 29,266 22.91%
Totals 127,769 100.00%
Voter turnout 63.68%
Democratic hold

District 35[edit]

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California's 35th congressional district election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Maxine Waters (incumbent) 150,778 82.58%
Republican Ted Hayes 24,169 13.24%
Libertarian Herb Peters 7,632 4.18%
Totals 182,579 100.00%
Voter turnout 69.73%
Democratic hold

District 36[edit]

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California's 36th congressional district election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jane Harman (incumbent) 171,948 68.64%
Republican Brian Gibson 78,543 31.36%
Totals 250,491 100.00%
Voter turnout 74.36%
Democratic hold

District 37[edit]

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This district has been represented by Democrat Laura Richardson since winning a special election on August 21, 2007 that was called after Democrat Juanita Millender-McDonald died of cancer. The staunchly Democratic district includes Compton, some of south-central Los Angeles and much of Long Beach.

California's 37th congressional district election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Laura Richardson (incumbent) 131,342 74.94%
Independent Nicholas Dibs 42,774 24.41%
Democratic Peter Mathews (write-in) 600 0.34%
Republican June Pouesi (write-in) 526 0.30%
Democratic Lee Davis (write-in) 10 0.01%
Totals 175,252 100.00%
Voter turnout 63.24%
Democratic hold

District 38[edit]

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California's 38th congressional district has been represented by Democrat Grace Napolitano since 1999. Napolitano's heavily Democratic east Los Angeles-based district is a largely Hispanic one that includes Montebello, Pico Rivera, La Puente, and part of Norwalk.

California's 38th congressional district election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Grace Napolitano (incumbent) 130,211 81.73%
Libertarian Christopher Agrella 29,113 18.27%
Totals 159,324 100.00%
Voter turnout 63.74%
Democratic hold

District 39[edit]

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California's 39th congressional district election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Linda Sánchez (incumbent) 125,289 69.67%
Republican Diane Lenning 54,533 30.33%
Totals 179,822 100.00%
Voter turnout 68.28%
Democratic hold

District 40[edit]

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California's 40th congressional district election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Ed Royce (incumbent) 144,923 62.55%
Democratic Christina Avalos 86,772 37.45%
Totals 231,695 100.00%
Voter turnout 67.40%
Republican hold

District 41[edit]

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California's 41st congressional district has been represented by Republican Jerry Lewis since 1979. Lewis served as the chair of the House Appropriations Committee when Republicans controlled the House. Lewis, who will be 74 in 2008, has come under investigation for connections to the Copeland Lowery lobbying firm. In spite of speculation that he would retire, Lewis announced he would seek reelection on August 31.[15] Bush won 62% here in 2004.

California's 41st congressional district election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jerry Lewis (incumbent) 159,486 61.65%
Democratic Tim Prince 99,214 38.35%
Totals 258,700 100.00%
Voter turnout 71.43%
Republican hold

District 42[edit]

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California's 42nd congressional district is one of the most conservative districts in the state, and has been represented by Republican Gary Miller since 1999. Before the election, Miller suffered bad press, with four ex-aides accusing him of conflict-of-interest and using his position to profit from the sale of personal land holdings.[16]

California's 42nd congressional district election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Gary Miller (incumbent) 158,404 60.16%
Democratic Edwin Chau 104,909 39.84%
Totals 263,313 100.00%
Voter turnout 70.77%
Republican hold

District 43[edit]

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California's 43rd congressional district election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Joe Baca (incumbent) 108,259 69.14%
Republican John Roberts 48,312 30.86%
Totals 156,571 100.00%
Voter turnout 63.37%
Democratic hold

District 44[edit]

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California's 44th congressional district election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Ken Calvert (incumbent) 129,937 51.19%
Democratic Bill Hedrick 123,890 48.81%
Totals 253,827 100.00%
Voter turnout 72.61%
Republican hold

District 45[edit]

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California's 45th congressional district election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mary Bono Mack (incumbent) 155,166 58.29%
Democratic Julie Bornstein 111,026 41.71%
Totals 266,192 100.00%
Voter turnout 74.36%
Republican hold

District 46[edit]

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Republican Dana Rohrabacher's district (which includes the Southern Channel Islands, Palos Verdes Peninsula, and parts of Orange County) has been a Republican stronghold in recent years. Huntington Beach mayor Debbie Cook was the (Democratic) challenger.

California's 46th congressional district election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Dana Rohrabacher (incumbent) 149,818 52.52%
Democratic Debbie Cook 122,891 43.08%
Green Thomas Lash 8,257 2.89%
Libertarian Ernst Gasteiger 4,311 1.51%
Totals 285,277 100.00%
Voter turnout 70.10%
Republican hold

District 47[edit]

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California's 47th congressional district has been represented by Democrat Loretta Sanchez since 1997. Sanchez won 62% of the vote in a district that barely went to George W. Bush with around 50% to 49% in 2004, which could result in a potential opening for Republicans, who have not recruited a strong candidate in years. This year, Republican Rosie Avila is hoping to oust Sanchez. Sanchez's district is located in one of the more Democratic areas of Orange County, including Anaheim and Santa Ana. Also, Al Gore won this district in 2000 by a comfortable margin.

California's 47th congressional district election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Loretta Sanchez (incumbent) 85,878 69.49%
Republican Rosemarie Avila 31,432 25.43%
American Independent Robert Lauten 6,274 5.08%
Totals 123,584 100.00%
Voter turnout 57.01%
Democratic hold

District 48[edit]

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California's 48th congressional district election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John Campbell (incumbent) 171,658 55.61%
Democratic Steve Young 125,537 40.67%
Libertarian Don Patterson 11,507 3.73%
Totals 308,702 100.00%
Voter turnout 70.17%
Republican hold

District 49[edit]

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California's 49th congressional district election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Darrell Issa (incumbent) 140,300 58.30%
Democratic Robert Hamilton 90,138 37.45%
Libertarian Lars Grossmith 10,232 4.25%
Totals 240,670 100.00%
Voter turnout 76.19%
Republican hold

District 50[edit]

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California's 50th congressional district has been represented by Republican Brian Bilbray since 2006. Bilbray won 53% of the vote in a Republican-leaning district north of San Diego that was previously represented by the scandal-plagued Duke Cunningham (R). George W. Bush won 54% here in 2004. Nick Leibham won against Cheryl Ede in the Democratic primary. CQ Politics forecasts the race as 'Safe Republican'.

California's 50th congressional district election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Brian Bilbray (incumbent) 157,502 50.24%
Democratic Nick Leibham 141,635 45.18%
Libertarian Wayne Dunlap 14,365 4.58%
Totals 313,502 100.00%
Voter turnout 80.15%
Republican hold

District 51[edit]

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The congressional district has been held by Bob Filner, who formerly represented the 50th, since its inception following the 1992 redistricting. The district was redrawn following the 2000 Census, creating a gerrymandered district boundary. Democrat incumbent Bob Filner of San Diego is seeking reelection and is being challenged by Republican businessman David Lee Joy of Spring Valley. The Libertarian candidate is musician and software systems engineer Dan "Frodo" Litwin of San Diego.

California's 51st congressional district election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Bob Filner (incumbent) 148,281 72.75%
Republican David Joy 49,345 24.21%
Libertarian Dan Litwin 6,199 3.04%
Totals 203,825 100.00%
Voter turnout 69.06%
Democratic hold

District 52[edit]

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This race is for an open seat, being vacated by former Republican presidential candidate Duncan Hunter. Both Democrat and Republican candidates are OIF veterans. The Libertarian candidate is 2002 congressional candidate Mike Benoit.[17]

California's 52nd congressional district election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Duncan D. Hunter 160,724 56.37%
Democratic Mike Lumpkin 111,051 38.95%
Libertarian Michael Benoit 13,316 4.67%
Independent Joseph Ryan (write-in) 47 0.02%
Totals 285,138 100.00%
Voter turnout 79.48%
Republican hold

District 53[edit]

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California's 53rd congressional district election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Susan Davis (incumbent) 161,315 68.49%
Republican Michael Crimmins 64,658 27.45%
Libertarian Edward Teyssier 9,569 4.06%
Totals 235,542 100.00%
Voter turnout 72.72%
Democratic hold

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