2018 California State Senate election

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California State Senate election, 2018

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20 seats from even-numbered districts in the California State Senate
  Majority party Minority party
  Toni Atkins Headshot.jpg California State Senator Pat Bates.jpg
Leader Toni Atkins Patricia Bates
Party Democratic Republican
Leader's seat 39th–San Diego 36th–Laguna Niguel
Last election 27 13
Seats before 26 14
Seats won 29 11
Seat change Increase 3 Decrease 3
Popular vote 3,562,527 1,742,012
Percentage 64.94% 31.76%

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  Democratic hold
  Democratic gain
  Republican hold

Pro Tem before election

Toni Atkins
Democratic

Pro Tem-designate

Toni Atkins
Democratic

The 2018 California State Senate elections were held on Tuesday, November 6, 2018, with the primary election being held on June 5, 2018. Voters in the 20 even-numbered districts of the California State Senate elected their representatives. The elections coincided with the elections of other offices, including for governor and the California State Assembly.

The Democratic Party gained three seats: the 12th, 14th, and 34th districts. These victories provided the Democrats with 29 seats and restored the two-thirds supermajority that they lost after the recall of Democratic state senator Josh Newman in June 2018.

Overview[edit]

2018 California State Senate election
Primary election — June 5, 2018
Party Votes Percentage Candidates Advancing to general Seats contesting
Democratic 1,742,492 60.72% 44 23 20
Republican 1,024,099 35.68% 19 14 14
No party preference 52,485 1.83% 3 2 2
Libertarian 50,838 1.77% 4 0 0
Totals 2,869,914 100.00% 70 39
2018 California State Senate election
General election — November 6, 2018
Party Votes Percentage Not up Contested Before After +/–
Democratic 3,562,527 64.94% 15 11 26 29 Increase 3
Republican 1,742,012 31.76% 5 9 14 11 Decrease 3
No party preference 181,191 3.30% 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 5,485,730 100.00% 20 20 40 40

Results[edit]

District 2District 4District 6District 8District 10District 12District 14District 16District 18District 20District 22District 24District 26District 28District 30District 32District 34District 36District 38District 40

District 2[edit]

2018 California's 2nd State Senate district election
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Mike McGuire (incumbent) 163,723 76.2
Democratic Veronica "Roni" Jacobi 51,186 23.8
Total votes 214,909 100.0
General election
Democratic Mike McGuire (incumbent) 233,688 67.2
Democratic Veronica "Roni" Jacobi 114,184 32.8
Total votes 347,872 100.0
Democratic hold

District 4[edit]

2018 California's 4th State Senate district election
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jim Nielsen (incumbent) 118,756 60.3
Democratic Phillip Kim 42,661 21.7
Democratic Michael "Mike" Worley 35,472 18.0
Total votes 192,889 100.0
General election
Republican Jim Nielsen (incumbent) 190,441 57.1
Democratic Phillip Kim 142,817 42.9
Total votes 333,258 100.0
Republican hold

District 6[edit]

2018 California's 6th State Senate district election
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Richard Pan (incumbent) 109,907 65.7
No party preference Eric Frame 22,062 13.2
Libertarian Janine DeRose 18,308 10.9
Democratic Jacob Mason 16,458 9.8
Republican Austin Bennett (write-in) 530 0.3
Total votes 167,238 100.0
General election
Democratic Richard Pan (incumbent) 212,903 69.5
No party preference Eric Frame 93,217 30.5
Total votes 306,120 100.0
Democratic hold

District 8[edit]

2018 California's 8th State Senate district election
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Andreas Borgeas 117,673 59.4
Democratic Paulina Miranda 42,044 21.2
Democratic Tom Pratt 30,984 15.6
No party preference Mark Belden 7,304 3.7
Total votes 198,005 100.0
General election
Republican Andreas Borgeas 202,741 59.6
Democratic Paulina Miranda 137,311 40.4
Total votes 340,052 100.0
Republican hold

District 10[edit]

2018 California's 10th State Senate district election
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Bob Wieckowski (incumbent) 102,122 71.5
Republican Victor G. San Vicente 34,357 24.0
Libertarian Ali Sarsak 6,420 4.5
Total votes 142,899 100.0
General election
Democratic Bob Wieckowski (incumbent) 205,239 75.6
Republican Victor G. San Vicente 66,156 24.4
Total votes 271,395 100.0
Democratic hold

District 12[edit]

2018 California's 12th State Senate district election
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Anna Caballero 46,970 43.3
Republican Rob Poythress 28,512 26.3
Republican Johnny Tacherra 24,088 22.2
Democratic Daniel Parra 8,740 8.1
Democratic Dennis J. Brazil (write-in) 208 0.2
Total votes 108,518 100.0
General election
Democratic Anna Caballero 110,386 54.4
Republican Rob Poythress 92,691 45.6
Total votes 203,077 100.0
Democratic gain from Republican

District 14[edit]

2018 California's 14th State Senate district election
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Andy Vidak (incumbent) 37,918 54.1
Democratic Melissa Hurtado 16,295 23.2
Democratic Abigail Solis 10,413 14.9
Democratic Ruben Macareno 5,464 7.8
Total votes 70,090 100.0
General election
Democratic Melissa Hurtado 80,942 55.8
Republican Andy Vidak (incumbent) 64,131 44.2
Total votes 145,073 100.0
Democratic gain from Republican

District 16[edit]

2018 California's 16th State Senate district election
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Shannon Grove 90,353 59.1
Democratic Ruth Musser-Lopez 44,303 29.0
Republican Gregory Tatum 18,152 11.9
Total votes 152,808 100.0
General election
Republican Shannon Grove 169,714 64.2
Democratic Ruth Musser-Lopez 94,579 35.8
Total votes 264,293 100.0
Republican hold

District 18[edit]

2018 California's 18th State Senate district election
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Robert Hertzberg (incumbent) 72,462 66.3
Republican Rudy Melendez 12,564 11.5
Democratic Roger James Sayegh 12,238 11.2
Republican Brandon Saario 12,048 11.0
Total votes 109,312 100.0
General election
Democratic Robert Hertzberg (incumbent) 195,623 78.1
Republican Rudy Melendez 54,888 21.9
Total votes 250,511 100.0
Democratic hold

District 20[edit]

2018 California's 20th State Senate district election
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Connie Leyva (incumbent) 40,112 47.0
Republican Matthew Munson 30,233 35.4
Democratic Paul Vincent Avila 14,985 17.6
Total votes 85,330 100.0
General election
Democratic Connie Leyva (incumbent) 137,748 69.5
Republican Matthew Munson 60,578 30.5
Total votes 198,326 100.0
Democratic hold

District 22[edit]

2018 California's 22nd State Senate district election
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Mike Eng 38,051 45.3
Democratic Susan Rubio 22,136 26.4
Democratic Monica Garcia 17,404 20.7
Democratic Ruben Sierra 6,377 7.6
Total votes 83,968 100.0
General election
Democratic Susan Rubio 101,936 52.3
Democratic Mike Eng 93,018 47.7
Total votes 194,954 100.0
Democratic hold

District 24[edit]

2018 California's 24th State Senate district election
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Maria Elena Durazo 63,719 69.8
Democratic Peter Choi 27,566 30.2
Total votes 91,285 100.0
General election
Democratic Maria Elena Durazo 139,473 66.9
Democratic Peter Choi 69,160 33.1
Total votes 208,633 100.0
Democratic hold

District 26[edit]

2018 California's 26th State Senate district election
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Ben Allen (incumbent) 144,283 76.8
No party preference Baron Bruno 23,119 12.3
Libertarian Mark Matthew Herd 20,534 10.9
Total votes 187,936 100.0
General election
Democratic Ben Allen (incumbent) 298,609 77.2
No party preference Baron Bruno 87,974 22.8
Total votes 386,583 100.0
Democratic hold

District 28[edit]

2018 California's 28th State Senate district election
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jeff Stone (incumbent) 89,426 56.0
Democratic Joy Silver 55,312 34.7
Democratic Anna Nevenic 14,826 9.3
Total votes 159,564 100.0
General election
Republican Jeff Stone (incumbent) 151,020 51.6
Democratic Joy Silver 141,792 48.4
Total votes 292,812 100.0
Republican hold

District 30[edit]

2018 California's 30th State Senate district election
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Holly Mitchell (incumbent) 93,078 100.0
Total votes 93,078 100.0
General election
Democratic Holly Mitchell (incumbent) 230,623 100.0
Total votes 230,623 100.0
Democratic hold

District 32[edit]

Note that the primary was held the same day as the special election to fill a vacancy in the seat. Although most of the candidates in the two contests were the same, the results were very different. Rita Topalian finished first in both races, but different candidates finished in second place. Vanessa Delgado finished in 2nd place in the special election, but 3rd place in the regularly scheduled primary election. She received a similar number of votes in both races, but candidate Bob Archuleta received about 54% more votes in the regularly scheduled election than he did in the special election. The different results have been attributed to the different order in which the candidates were listed on the ballot.[1]

2018 California's 32nd State Senate district election
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Rita Topalian 28,979 24.4
Democratic Bob Archuleta 20,652 17.4
Democratic Vanessa Delgado 18,709 15.7
Democratic Tony Mendoza 11,917 10.0
Republican Ion Sarega 11,577 9.7
Democratic Vicky Santana 8,236 6.9
Democratic Ali S. Taj 6,349 5.3
Democratic Vivian Romero 5,495 4.6
Democratic Rudy Bermudez 5,455 4.6
Democratic David Castellanos 1,541 1.3
Total votes 118,910 100.0
General election
Democratic Bob Archuleta 177,054 66.9
Republican Rita Topalian 87,520 33.1
Total votes 264,574 100.0
Democratic hold

District 34[edit]

2018 California's 34th State Senate district election
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Janet Nguyen (incumbent) 82,874 58.3
Democratic Tom Umberg 37,360 26.3
Democratic Jestin L. Samson 13,231 9.3
Democratic Akash A. Hawkins 8,746 6.1
Total votes 142,211 100.0
General election
Democratic Tom Umberg 135,062 50.6
Republican Janet Nguyen (incumbent) 131,973 49.4
Total votes 267,035 100.0
Democratic gain from Republican

Endorsements[edit]

Tom Umberg (D)
U.S. Representatives
State-level officials
  • Tom Daly, California State Assemblyman (D-69)
  • Betty Yee, State Controller of California
Local-level officials
  • Paul Koretz, Los Angeles City Councilman
  • Miguel Pulido, Mayor of Santa Ana
  • Zeke Hernandez, Rancho Santiago Community College District Board Member
  • Marti Schrank, former Orange County Democratic Party Vice Chairwoman
  • Dan Jacobson, Democratic Foundation Of Orange County Chairman
  • Bill Lockyer, former Attorney General of California
  • Joe Dunn, former California State Senator
  • Betty Karnette, former California State Senator
  • Bob Foster, former Mayor of Long Beach
  • Jim Adams, Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building & Construction Trades Council Representative
  • Rand Beers, Asst. U.S. Secretary of State & Deputy Secretary Of Homeland Security
  • Louis E. Caldera, former U.S. Secretary of the Army

[2]

District 36[edit]

2018 California's 36th State Senate district election
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Patricia Bates (incumbent) 124,966 54.4
Democratic Marggie Castellano 104,791 45.6
Total votes 229,757 100.0
General election
Republican Patricia Bates (incumbent) 203,607 51.5
Democratic Marggie Castellano 191,392 48.5
Total votes 394,999 100.0
Republican hold

District 38[edit]

2018 California's 38th State Senate district election
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Brian Jones 114,270 57.2
Democratic Jeff Griffith 79,862 40.0
Libertarian Antonio Salguero 5,576 2.8
Total votes 199,708 100.0
General election
Republican Brian Jones 187,345 53.0
Democratic Jeff Griffith 166,092 47.0
Total votes 353,437 100.0
Republican hold

District 40[edit]

2018 California's 40th State Senate district election
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Ben Hueso (incumbent) 70,649 60.1
Republican Luis R. Vargas 46,850 39.9
Total votes 117,499 100.0
General election
Democratic Ben Hueso (incumbent) 152,896 65.9
Republican Luis R. Vargas 79,207 34.1
Total votes 232,103 100.0
Democratic hold

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Myers, John (June 9, 2018). "Los Angeles voters picked different candidates for the same job". Los Angeles Times.
  2. ^ Endorsements