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California State Senate elections, 2008

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Elections for the office of California State Senate consisted of a primary candidates election on June 3, 2008 and a general election on November 4, 2008.

Qualifications

A candidate shall:

A. Be at least 30 years of age, a U.S. citizen for nine years, and a resident of California when elected. U.S. Const. Art. I, §3
B. Have a valid voter registration affidavit on file in the county of residence at the time nomination papers are obtained. §201
C. Satisfy the following registration requirements:
1. Be registered with the political party whose nomination he or she is seeking for not less than three months immediately prior to the time the declaration of candidacy is presented to the county elections official or, if eligible to register for less than three months, for as long as he or she has been eligible to register to vote in California. §8001(a)(1)
2. Not have been registered as affiliated with any other qualified political party within twelve months immediately prior to the filing of the declaration of candidacy. §8001(a)(2)[1]

Campaign contributions

During the 2008 election, the total contributions to Senate candidates was $45,351,422. The top 10 contributors were:[2]

2008 Donors, California State Senate
Donor Amount
California Democratic Party $2,771,083
California Republican Party $2,728,227
Merced County Democratic Central Cmte $290,000
Santa Barbara County Democratic Party $276,826
Santa Clara County Democratic Central Cmte $260,000
At&T $248,481
California Medical Association $224,400
California Association of Realtors $223,805
California State Council of Service Employees $201,600
California Professional Fire Fighters $197,842

List of candidates

District 1

Democratic Party June 3 Democratic primary candidates:
  • Anselmo A. Chavez: 49,025 Approveda
Republican Party June 3 Republican primary candidates:
  • Dave Cox: 88,593 Approveda

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Anselmo A. Chavez: 162,044
Republican Party Dave Cox: 267,426 Green check mark transparent.png

District 3

Democratic Party June 3 Democratic primary candidates:
  • Carole Migden: 38,234
  • Joe Nation: 37,136
  • Mark Leno: 58,727 Approveda
Republican Party June 3 Republican primary candidates:
  • Sashi McEntee: 23,791 Approveda

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Mark Leno: 326,755 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Sashi McEntee: 80,617

District 5

Democratic Party June 3 Democratic primary candidates:
  • C. Jennet Stebbins: 12,123
  • Lois Wolk: 47,397 Approveda
Republican Party June 3 Republican primary candidates:
  • Greg Aghazarian: 33,392 Approveda

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Lois Wolk: 207,108 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Greg Aghazarian: 113,778

District 7

Democratic Party June 3 Democratic primary candidates:
  • Mark DeSaulnier: 70,011 Approveda
Republican Party June 3 Republican primary candidates:
  • Christian Amsberry: 39,796 Approveda

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Mark DeSaulnier: 256,311 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Christian Amsberry: 128,878

District 9

Democratic Party June 3 Democratic primary candidates:
  • Loni Hancock: 59,265 Approveda
  • Wilma Chan: 45,250
Republican Party June 3 Republican primary candidates:
  • Claudia Bermudez: 15,037 Approveda
Peace and Freedom Party Peace and Freedom candidates:
  • Marsha Feinland: 304 Approveda

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Loni Hancock: 272,225 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Claudia Bermudez: 53,299
Peace and Freedom Party Marsha Feinland: 26,996

District 11

Democratic Party June 3 Democratic primary candidates:
  • Joe Simitian: 76,556 Approveda
Republican Party June 3 Republican primary candidates:
  • Blair Austin Nathan: 28,290 Approveda

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Joe Simitian: 272,154 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Blair Austin Nathan: 91,592

District 13

Democratic Party June 3 Democratic primary candidates:
  • Elaine Alquist: 52,775 Approveda
Republican Party June 3 Republican primary candidates:
  • Shane Patrick Connolly: 19,062 Approveda
Libertarian Party Libertarian candidates:
  • John H. Webster: 385 Approveda

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Elaine Alquist: 179,855 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Shane Patrick Connolly: 57,033
Libertarian Party John H. Webster: 16,659

District 15

Democratic Party June 3 Democratic primary candidates:
  • Abel Maldonado (Write-in): 533 Approveda
  • Dennis Morris (Write-in): 2,096
Republican Party June 3 Republican primary candidates:
  • Abel Maldonado: 62,254 Approveda

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Abel Maldonado: 222,617 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Abel Maldonado: 131,229

District 17

Democratic Party June 3 Democratic primary candidates:
  • Bruce David McFarland: 25,628 Approveda
Republican Party June 3 Republican primary candidates:
  • George Runner: 41,249 Approveda

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Bruce David McFarland: 150,060
Republican Party George Runner: 182,295 Green check mark transparent.png

District 19

Democratic Party June 3 Democratic primary candidates:
  • Hannah-Beth Jackson: 57,613 Approveda
Republican Party June 3 Republican primary candidates:
  • Tony Strickland: 62,037 Approveda

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Hannah-Beth Jackson: 207,119
Republican Party Tony Strickland: 207,976 Green check mark transparent.png
Independent Peter Winfield Diederich: 14

District 21

Democratic Party June 3 Democratic primary candidates:
  • Carol Liu: 37,337 Approveda
Republican Party June 3 Republican primary candidates:
  • Teddy Choi: 22,005 Approveda
Libertarian Party Libertarian candidates:
  • Steve Myers: 259 Approveda

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Carol Liu: 204,737 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Teddy Choi: 77,525
Libertarian Party Steve Myers: 23,842

District 23

Democratic Party June 3 Democratic primary candidates:
  • Fran Pavley: 42,795 Approveda
  • Lloyd Levine: 22,337
Republican Party June 3 Republican primary candidates:
  • Leonard M. Lanzi: 8,581
  • Rick Montaine: 14,144 Approveda
Libertarian Party Libertarian candidates:
  • Colin Goldman: 253 Approveda

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Fran Pavley: 238,172 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Rick Montaine: 96,274
Libertarian Party Colin Goldman: 18,906

District 25

Democratic Party June 3 Democratic primary candidates:
  • Donald L. (Don) Dear: 7,617
  • Kevin J. Biggers: 3,860
  • Mervyn M. Dymally: 18,665
  • Roderick "Rod" Wright: 23,448 Approveda
Republican Party June 3 Republican primary candidates:
  • Lydia A. Gutierrez: 13,053 Approveda

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Roderick "Rod" Wright: 179,654 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Lydia A. Gutierrez: 70,199

District 27

Democratic Party June 3 Democratic primary candidates:
  • Alan S. Lowenthal: 29,061 Approveda
Republican Party June 3 Republican primary candidates:
  • Allen G. Wood: 17,874 Approveda

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Alan S. Lowenthal: 171,668 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Allen G. Wood: 83,268

District 29

Democratic Party June 3 Democratic primary candidates:
  • Joseph M. Lyons: 26,147 Approveda
Republican Party June 3 Republican primary candidates:
  • Dennis Mountjoy: 16,031
  • Robert "Bob" Huff: 34,223 Approveda
Libertarian Party Libertarian candidates:
  • Jill Stone: 251 Approveda

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Joseph M. Lyons: 127,536
Republican Party Robert "Bob" Huff: 178,155 Green check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Jill Stone: 21,983

District 31

Democratic Party June 3 Democratic primary candidates:
  • Ameenah Fuller: 26,006 Approveda
Republican Party June 3 Republican primary candidates:
  • Bob Dutton: 41,515 Approveda

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Ameenah Fuller: 130,973
Republican Party Bob Dutton: 186,191 Green check mark transparent.png
Independent Denise M. Sternberg: 5

District 33

Democratic Party June 3 Democratic primary candidates:
  • Gary Pritchard: 26,118 Approveda
Republican Party June 3 Republican primary candidates:
  • Harry Sidhu: 17,773
  • Mimi Walters: 50,422 Approveda

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Gary Pritchard: 157,945
Republican Party Mimi Walters: 219,068 Green check mark transparent.png

District 35

Democratic Party June 3 Democratic primary candidates:
  • Ginny Mayer: 31,007 Approveda
Republican Party June 3 Republican primary candidates:
  • Tom Harman: 61,352 Approveda

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Ginny Mayer: 157,271
Republican Party Tom Harman: 222,149 Green check mark transparent.png

District 37

Democratic Party June 3 Democratic primary candidates:
  • Arthur Bravo Guerrero: 31,925 Approveda
Republican Party June 3 Republican primary candidates:
  • David Peters: 6,668
  • John J. Benoit: 32,879 Approveda
  • Russ Bogh: 18,692

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Arthur Bravo Guerrero: 157,142
Republican Party John J. Benoit: 190,415 Green check mark transparent.png

District 39

Democratic Party June 3 Democratic primary candidates:
  • Christine Kehoe: 70,860 Approveda
Republican Party June 3 Republican primary candidates:
  • Jeff Perwin: 44,906 Approveda
Libertarian Party Libertarian candidates:
  • Jesse Thomas: 608 Approveda

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Christine Kehoe: 227,475 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Jeff Perwin: 108,606
Libertarian Party Jesse Thomas: 12,742

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