United States Senate election in California, 1992

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United States Senate regular election in California, 1992
California
1986 ←
November 3, 1992 (1992-11-03)
→ 1998

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Nominee Barbara Boxer Bruce Herschensohn
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 5,173,467 4,644,182
Percentage 47.90% 43.00%

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County Results

Senator before election

Alan Cranston
Democratic

Elected Senator

Barbara Boxer
Democratic

The 1992 United States Senate election in California took place on November 3, 1992, at the same time as the special election to the United States Senate in California. Incumbent Democrat Alan Cranston decided to retire. Democrat Barbara Boxer won the open seat. Both of California's present Senators were elected for the first time. This is not a unique occurrence; it would happen again in Tennessee in 1994 and Kansas in 1996. Fellow Democrat Dianne Feinstein, California's senior senator, won the special election and was inaugurated in November 1992.

Major candidates[edit]

Democratic[edit]

Republican[edit]

Campaign[edit]

The election between Boxer and Herschensohn was very close. At the eleventh hour, controversy emerged that the Republican nominee attended a strip club, which some Republican operatives later blamed for Herschensohn's loss.[1]

Four days before Election Day polls showed Herschensohn had narrowed a double digit deficit, trailing by 3 points. Political operative Bob Mulholland disrupted a campaign appearance with a large poster advertising a strip club shouting "Should the voters of California elect someone who frequently travels the strip joints of Hollywood?" Herschensohn admitted he had visited a strip club once, with his girlfriend and another couple. With press coverage of the story, Herschensohn spent the waning days of the campaign denying related allegations. When the votes were cast and counted, Barbara Boxer won the election by five points.[2] Although Republicans have blamed the defeat on the underhanded tactics of the Boxer campaign, evidence of the connection between Mulholland's outburst and the campaign never surfaced. [3][4][5]

Results[edit]

Overall[edit]

1992 United States Senate election, California
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Barbara Boxer 5,173,467 47.90%
Republican Bruce Herschensohn 4,644,182 43.00%
American Independent Jerome N. McCready 373,051 3.45%
Peace and Freedom Genevieve Torres 372,817 3.45%
Libertarian June R. Genis 235,919 2.18%
No party Write-ins 267 0.00%
Invalid or blank votes 574,862 5.05%
Totals 11,374,565 100.00%
Voter turnout 54.52%
Democratic hold

By county[edit]

Final results from the Secretary of State of California.[6]

County Boxer Votes Hersch. Votes McC. Votes Torres Votes Genis Votes W/I V's
San Francisco 76.57% 233,068 18.72% 56,972 1.48% 4,503 1.84% 5,602 1.38% 4,214 0.00% 13
Alameda 66.94% 343,020 25.08% 128,489 3.08% 15,768 2.85% 14,610 2.04% 10,477 0.01% 29
Marin 63.47% 80,902 29.14% 37,150 2.59% 3,299 2.08% 2,656 2.72% 3,464 0.00% 1
Santa Cruz 61.21% 67,927 29.27% 32,482 2.98% 3,309 3.18% 3,525 3.36% 3,726 0.00% 2
San Mateo 59.39% 158,490 32.68% 87,209 2.49% 6,638 2.87% 7,669 2.58% 6,879 0.00% 0
Yolo 58.23% 35,006 33.10% 19,900 3.70% 2,222 2.85% 1,711 2.12% 1,274 0.00% 0
Sonoma 56.76% 108,991 32.65% 62,696 4.05% 7,772 3.69% 7,084 2.85% 5,476 0.00% 7
Mendocino 55.99% 19,818 33.10% 11,718 4.60% 1,627 3.28% 1,160 3.03% 1,074 0.00% 0
Contra Costa 55.17% 203,563 35.76% 131,923 3.65% 13,462 3.06% 11,290 2.36% 8,711 0.00% 3
Santa Clara 54.11% 314,884 35.55% 206,913 3.61% 21,001 3.59% 20,922 3.14% 18,261 0.00% 2
Los Angeles 52.55% 1,410,423 39.60% 1,062,974 2.56% 68,630 3.57% 95,779 1.72% 46,195 0.00% 65
Solano 51.87% 67,007 36.50% 47,148 5.12% 6,615 4.02% 5,188 2.49% 3,217 0.00% 0
Napa 49.63% 25,746 39.81% 20,655 4.32% 2,240 3.55% 1,841 2.69% 1,396 0.00% 0
Sacramento 49.09% 215,853 40.90% 179,844 3.96% 17,425 3.79% 16,684 2.25% 9,911 0.00% 0
Monterey 48.65% 54,400 41.05% 45,903 4.16% 4,648 3.63% 4,058 2.51% 2,801 0.00% 0
Humboldt 48.63% 27,916 43.13% 24,757 3.14% 1,802 3.38% 1,941 1.72% 986 0.00% 0
Lake 46.82% 10,805 40.54% 9,357 6.01% 1,388 3.51% 810 3.12% 720 0.00% 0
Alpine 45.18% 272 43.19% 260 5.81% 35 4.65% 28 1.16% 7 0.00% 0
Santa Barbara 45.11% 70,998 46.25% 72,793 3.49% 5,486 3.46% 5,444 1.70% 2,673 0.00% 0
Stanislaus 45.03% 55,688 45.18% 55,875 4.31% 5,332 3.64% 4,501 1.85% 2,285 0.00% 0
Imperial 44.66% 11,614 43.79% 11,389 3.15% 819 7.07% 1,839 1.33% 347 0.00% 0
San Benito 43.68% 5,415 44.59% 5,527 4.76% 590 4.34% 538 2.63% 326 0.00% 0
Tuolumne 42.81% 9,811 46.24% 10,596 4.86% 1,113 3.87% 886 2.21% 507 0.01% 2
Del Norte 42.36% 3,891 46.69% 4,289 6.00% 551 3.05% 280 1.91% 175 0.00% 0
Mono 42.23% 1,820 47.19% 2,034 4.01% 173 3.83% 165 2.74% 118 0.00% 0
San Diego 42.17% 399,087 47.35% 448,181 4.06% 38,434 3.53% 33,379 2.89% 27,336 0.00% 12
San Joaquin 42.15% 66,484 47.57% 75,032 4.41% 6,963 3.94% 6,213 1.92% 3,036 0.00% 0
S. L. Obispo 41.23% 41,824 49.24% 49,945 4.47% 4,530 2.89% 2,933 2.17% 2,205 0.00% 0
Siskiyou 40.60% 8,115 47.87% 9,568 6.33% 1,266 3.00% 599 2.21% 441 0.00% 0
Plumas 40.48% 4,032 47.47% 4,728 7.13% 710 2.78% 277 2.13% 212 0.01% 1
Amador 40.38% 6,082 48.91% 7,366 5.07% 764 3.23% 486 2.41% 363 0.00% 0
Ventura 39.62% 104,335 50.62% 133,274 3.89% 10,253 3.66% 9,629 2.20% 5,793 0.01% 25
Nevada 39.45% 17,091 49.87% 21,609 5.35% 2,317 2.74% 1,186 2.60% 1,125 0.00% 0
Placer 39.33% 34,905 50.50% 44,813 3.98% 3,532 3.72% 3,297 2.47% 2,193 0.00% 0
Merced 39.21% 17,848 49.12% 22,360 5.35% 2,434 3.47% 1,579 2.85% 1,298 0.00% 0
Sierra 38.69% 705 48.19% 878 7.14% 130 3.02% 55 2.96% 54 0.00% 0
El Dorado 38.66% 24,601 50.86% 32,368 4.68% 2,975 3.33% 2,116 2.48% 1,576 0.00% 0
Calaveras 38.35% 6,402 49.54% 8,269 5.80% 969 3.35% 559 2.96% 494 0.00% 0
Lassen 38.09% 3,761 48.85% 4,823 7.67% 757 3.33% 329 2.06% 203 0.00% 0
Riverside 38.05% 160,630 51.83% 218,778 4.39% 18,512 3.63% 15,323 2.11% 8,891 0.00% 0
Butte 37.41% 31,505 51.47% 43,338 5.11% 4,306 3.28% 2,762 2.73% 2,296 0.00% 0
Fresno 36.93% 78,321 55.59% 117,891 2.16% 4,587 3.78% 8,009 1.53% 3,248 0.00% 3
S. Bernardino 36.90% 164,620 51.81% 231,143 4.74% 21,138 4.38% 19,555 2.14% 9,558 0.02% 100
Mariposa 36.86% 2,989 51.92% 4,211 5.36% 435 3.86% 313 2.00% 162 0.00% 0
Trinity 35.16% 2,261 49.51% 3,184 7.79% 501 4.15% 267 3.39% 218 0.00% 0
Yuba 34.03% 5,638 52.67% 8,726 7.24% 1,199 3.30% 547 2.76% 458 0.00% 0
Colusa 33.57% 1,859 56.19% 3,112 5.00% 277 3.21% 178 2.02% 112 0.00% 0
Orange 33.41% 317,740 57.89% 550,502 3.20% 30,400 3.21% 30,550 2.29% 21,783 0.00% 2
Kings 33.09% 8,151 57.15% 14,079 3.63% 895 4.85% 1,196 1.28% 315 0.00% 0
Modoc 32.64% 1,429 54.07% 2,367 8.18% 358 3.22% 141 1.90% 83 0.00% 0
Madera 31.89% 9,401 59.74% 17,609 3.42% 1,009 3.82% 1,127 1.12% 329 0.00% 0
Inyo 30.98% 2,563 58.59% 4,847 4.96% 410 3.36% 278 2.12% 175 0.00% 0
Sutter 30.83% 7,719 59.04% 14,783 4.86% 1,216 3.23% 809 2.05% 513 0.00% 0
Tehama 30.71% 6,450 56.62% 11,893 6.47% 1,360 3.08% 647 3.12% 655 0.00% 0
Kern 30.30% 53,141 60.97% 106,916 3.58% 6,286 3.54% 6,200 1.61% 2,823 0.00% 0
Tulare 29.24% 25,311 62.21% 53,856 3.54% 3,066 3.78% 3,273 1.23% 1,067 0.00% 0
Shasta 28.39% 18,868 59.44% 39,507 6.15% 4,085 3.78% 2,515 2.24% 1,492 0.00% 0
Glenn 26.27% 2,271 62.16% 5,373 6.12% 529 3.23% 279 2.22% 192 0.00% 0

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eu, March Fong (December 12, 1992). "Statement of Vote General Election November 3, 1992" (PDF). p. 14 (24 in PDF). Archived from the original on 2008-07-30. Retrieved 2008-12-11. 
  2. ^ Murphy, Dean E.; Shuit, Douglas P. (1992-10-31). "U.S. Senate Candidates Crisscross State for Votes Politics: Herschensohn reacts angrily to accusation that he went to strip joint, frequented adult newsstand.". Los Angeles TImes. Retrieved 2010-03-31. "A clearly shaken Herschensohn, who has embraced the GOP "family values" platform, at first refused to comment on the accusations, calling them "a pretty desperate thing." But he later conceded that he once visited the Seventh Veil nude-dance club in Hollywood..."  The authors were LA Times staff writers.
  3. ^ Steinberg, Arnold (2000-11-17). "Beware the Trickster: Bob Mulholland oversees the recounting of the ballots in Florida". National Review. Retrieved 2008-12-07. "That vintage Mulholland maneuver made it all but impossible for Herschensohn to stay on-message during the campaign's crucial closing days."  Steinberg is a Republican political strategist in Sherman Oaks.
  4. ^ Fund, John (December 5, 2005). "Arnold's 'Harriet Miers Moment' - Has Gov. Schwarzenegger jumped the shark?". John Fund on the Trail - WSJ.com (Wall Street Journal). Retrieved 2008-12-07. 
  5. ^ Salladay, Robert (December 7, 2005). "Governor Faces Revolt in GOP". Los Angeles Times. p. A-1. Retrieved 2008-12-09. "Bob Mulholland, publicly accused Republican U.S. Senate candidate Bruce Herschensohn of visiting a Sunset Boulevard strip club. Herschensohn had been running as the traditional-values candidate.
    Amid the controversy, Herschensohn lost the Senate race to Democrat Barbara Boxer, and the GOP was outraged at what it called a “smear campaign.” Kennedy suspended Mulholland, but he soon returned to the party."
     
  6. ^ http://sos.ca.gov/elections/sov/1992_general/statement_of_vote_general_1992.pdf

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