United States Senate election in California, 2012

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United States Senate election in California, 2012
California
2006 ←
November 6, 2012
Class 1 Senator
→ 2018

Turnout 55.2% (voting eligible)[1]
  Dianne Feinstein, official Senate photo 2.jpg Elizabeth Emken.jpg
Nominee Dianne Feinstein Elizabeth Emken
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 7,748,994 4,650,994
Percentage 62.5% 37.5%

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Election results by county

U.S. Senator before election

Dianne Feinstein
Democratic

Elected U.S. Senator

Dianne Feinstein
Democratic

The 2012 United States Senate election in California took place on November 6, 2012, concurrently with the 2012 U.S. presidential election as well as other elections to the United States Senate and House of Representatives and various state and local elections.

The primary election on June 5 took place under California's new blanket primary law, where all candidates appear on the same ballot, regardless of party. In the primary, voters voted for any candidate listed, or write-in any other candidate. The top two finishers — regardless of party — advanced to the general election in November, even if a candidate managed to receive a majority of the votes cast in the June primary. In the primary, less than 15% of the total 2010 census population voted. Incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein announced her intention to run for a fourth full term in April 2011[2] and finished first in the blanket primary with 49.5% of the vote. The second-place finisher was Republican candidate and autism activist Elizabeth Emken, who won 12.7% of the vote.

Feinstein and Emken contested the general election on November 6, with Feinstein winning re-election in a landslide, by 62.5% to 37.5%. Feinstein's 7.75 million votes set the all-time record for the most votes cast for one candidate in one state in one election, beating Senator Barbara Boxer's 6.96 million votes in 2004.

Primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Democratic Party[edit]

  • Dianne Feinstein, incumbent U.S. senator[3]
  • Colleen Shea Fernald, mother/consultant/artist
  • David Levitt, computer scientist/engineer[4]
  • Nak Shah, environmental health consultant
  • Diane Stewart, businesswoman/finance manager
  • Mike Strimling, Consumer Rights Attorney, former U.S. Peace Corps legal adviser

Republican Party[edit]

Declined[edit]

Libertarian[edit]

  • Gail Lightfoot, retired nurse

Peace and Freedom[edit]

  • Kabiruddin Karim Ali, businessman
  • Marsha Feinland, retired teacher

American Independent[edit]

  • Don J. Grundmann, doctor of chiropractic

Polling[edit]

Results[edit]

Open Primary Results[16][17][18]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Dianne Feinstein (incumbent) 2,287,121 49.5%
Republican Elizabeth Emken 585,933 12.7%
Republican Dan Hughes 307,133 6.6%
Republican Rick Williams 148,129 3.2%
Republican Orly Taitz 147,108 3.2%
Republican Dennis Jackson 130,876 2.8%
Republican Greg Conlon 129,255 2.8%
Republican Al Ramirez 103,112 2.2%
Libertarian Gail Lightfoot 95,247 2.1%
Democratic Diane Stewart 92,095 2%
Democratic Mike Strimling 91,371 2%
Democratic David Levitt 71,890 1.6%
Republican Oscar Braun 71,385 1.5%
Peace and Freedom Marsha Feinland 54,129 1.2%
Republican Robert Lauten 52,980 1.1%
Democratic Colleen Shea Fernald 48,568 1.1%
Republican Donald Krampe 37,314 0.8%
American Independent Don J. Grundmann 30,922 0.7%
Republican Dirk Allen Konopik 28,276 0.6%
Republican John Boruff 28,138 0.6%
Democratic Nak Shah 25,283 0.5%
Republican Rogelio T. Gloria 21,083 0.5%
Republican Nachum Shifren 20,595 0.4%
Peace and Freedom Kabiruddin Karim Ali 11,492 0.2%
Totals 4,619,435 100%

Election contest[edit]

In July 2012, Taitz sued to block the certification of the primary election results, alleging "rampant election fraud", but her suit was denied.[19][20]

Fundraising[edit]

Candidate (party) Receipts Disbursements Cash on hand Debt
Dianne Feinstein (D) $12,673,306 $12,105,960 $865,541 $373,734
Elizabeth Emken (R) $1,114,350 $1,110,209 $4,140 $4,479
Source: Federal Election Commission[21][22]

Top contributors[edit]

Dianne Feinstein Contribution Elizabeth Emken Contribution
Pacific Gas and Electric Company $120,700 Thomas H. Lee Partners $10,000
JStreetPAC $82,171 DevicePharm, Inc. $7,500
General Atomics $56,750 Troy Group $7,500
Edison International $54,250 Jelly Belly $5,500
General Dynamics $43,500 Autism Advocate $5,000
BAE Systems $40,000 Geier Group $5,000
Diamond Foods $31,599 Generations Healthcare $5,000
Northrop Grumman $30,800 Gingery Development $4,000
International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees $30,000 MIR3, Inc. $3,000
Wells Fargo $27,250 Northrop Grumman $2,800
Source: Center for Responsive Politics[23]

Top industries[edit]

Dianne Feinstein Contribution Elizabeth Emken Contribution
Lawyers/Law Firms $565,129 Retired $63,849
Retired $463,058 Republican/Conservative $35,800
Agribusiness $367,132 Financial Institutions $26,100
Real Estate $334,321 Real Estate $19,200
Lobbyists $324,196 Business Services $16,000
Financial Institutions $321,744 Misc Finance $12,750
Electric Utilities $313,450 Printing & Publishing $8,000
Entertainment Industry $300,321 Food & Beverage $6,000
Women's Issues $207,449 Petroleum Industry $6,000
High-Tech Industry $205,789 Lawyers/Law Firms $5,458
Source: Center for Responsive Politics[24]

General election[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Debates[edit]

No debates were scheduled. Senator Feinstein decided to focus on her own campaign rather than debate her challenger.[25][26]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Dianne
Feinstein (D)
Elizabeth
Emken (R)
Other Undecided
The Field Poll October 25–30, 2012 751 ± 3.6% 54% 33% 13%
The Field Poll October 17–24, 2012 815 ± 3.6% 56% 32% 12%
LA Times/USC October 15–21, 2012 1,440 ± n/a 55% 38% 1% 6%
Reason-Rupe October 11–15, 2012 508 ± 5.1% 60% 34% 2% 5%
SurveyUSA October 7–9, 2012 539 ± 4.3% 54% 35% 10%
The Field Poll September 6–18, 2012 902 ± 3.4% 57% 31% 12%
SurveyUSA September 9–11, 2012 524 ± 4.2% 55% 37% 9%
CBRT Pepperdine July 30–August 1, 2012 873 ± 3.3% 46% 34% 21%
The Field Poll June 21–July 2, 2012 848 ± 3.5% 51% 32% 17%
SurveyUSA May 27–29, 2012 1,575 ± 2.5% 50% 34% 15%

Results[edit]

United States Senate election in California, 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Dianne Feinstein (incumbent) 7,748,994 62.5% +3.1%
Republican Elizabeth Emken 4,650,994 37.5% +2.5%
Majority 3,098,000 25.0% +.6
Turnout 12,399,988 100%

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dr. Michael McDonald (February 9, 2013). "2012 General Election Turnout Rates". George Mason University. Retrieved April 3, 2013. 
  2. ^ Marinucci, Carla (April 30, 2011). "US Sen. Dianne Feinstein on nuclear energy and her 2012 re-election: "My plan is to run"". San Francisco Chronicle Politics Blog. 
  3. ^ Reston, Maeve (October 25, 2010). "Feinstein hints she'll run again in 2012". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 3, 2011. 
  4. ^ Milhalcik, Carrie. "Citizen candidate to challenge Dianne Feinstein in Senate race". Current TV. 
  5. ^ Walker, Mark (December 1, 2011). "REGION: Ramona man running against Feinstein in 2012". North County Times. Retrieved February 12, 2012. 
  6. ^ Van Oot, Torey (November 28, 2011). "Republican Elizabeth Emken to run against Sen. Dianne Feinstein". The Sacramento Bee. Retrieved November 28, 2011. 
  7. ^ a b Richman, Josh (November 29, 2011). "Danville woman seeks GOP nod to take on Feinstein". Oakland Tribune. Contra Costa Times. Retrieved February 12, 2012. 
  8. ^ Merl, Jean (February 6, 2012). "GOP businessman joins field challenging Sen. Dianne Feinstein". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 12, 2012. 
  9. ^ Archibald, Ashley (January 28, 2012). "Santa Monican hopes to unseat Feinstein". Santa Monica Daily Press. Retrieved February 12, 2012. 
  10. ^ Surowski, Peter (May 18, 2011). "Rabbi Who Denounced Temecula Mosque Runs for Senate". Temecula Patch. Retrieved February 12, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Orly Taitz Senate Campaign: 'Birther Queen' Running As GOP Candidate For U.S. Senate Seat In California". The Huffington Post. November 4, 2011. Retrieved November 7, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Rick Williams for Senate". 
  13. ^ Doyle, Michael (November 7, 2011). "Staffer: Rep. Nunes won't challenge Feinstein". Fresno Bee. Retrieved November 9, 2011. 
  14. ^ Housley, Adam (September 21, 2011). "Michael Reagan a No-Go to Challenge Feinstein in California". Fox News. Retrieved September 21, 2011. 
  15. ^ Tuna, Cari (March 11, 2011). "Meg Whitman ‘Definitely Not’ Planning 2012 Senate Bid". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved March 12, 2011. 
  16. ^ "U.S. Senate - Statewide Results". California Secretary of State. Retrieved 2012-06-06. 
  17. ^ "California - Summary Vote Results". Associated Press. June 6, 2012. Retrieved June 6, 2012. 
  18. ^ Merl, Jean (June 5, 2012). "Emken will take on Sen. Dianne Feinstein in fall". Los Angeles Times. 
  19. ^ Wisckol, Martin (July 12, 2012). "O.C. ‘birther’ sues to block primary election results". The Orange County Register. 
  20. ^ Wisckol, Martin (July 13, 2012). "O.C. ‘birther’ suit to block election results denied". The Orange County Register. 
  21. ^ Federal Election Commission. "2012 House and Senate Campaign Finance for California FEINSTEIN, DIANNE". fec.gov. 
  22. ^ Federal Election Commission. "2012 House and Senate Campaign Finance for California EMKEN, ELIZABETH". fec.gov. 
  23. ^ Center for Responsive Politics. "Top Contributors 2012 Race: California Senate". opensecrets.org. 
  24. ^ Center for Responsive Politics. "Top Industries 2012 Race: California Senate". opensecrets.org. 
  25. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=09gDvV_zHHk
  26. ^ http://www.ocregister.com/articles/emken-376332-feinstein-debate.html

External links[edit]

Official campaign sites