California State Senate elections, 2010

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California State Senate elections, 2010

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California State Senate
Elections for the office of California State Senator were held in California on November 2, 2010. State senate seats in the even numbered districts were on the ballot in 2010. There was also a special election for district 37 on June 8, 2010.

The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was February 25, 2010, and the primary Election Day was June 8, 2010.

In California, senators serve four-year terms with a two term limit. The Senators representing the odd-numbered districts are elected in years evenly divisible by four. The senators from the even-numbered districts are elected in the intervening even-numbered years.

The incumbent senator ran for re-election for 10 of the 20 state senate seats that were up for election in 2010. (50% of races) In 8 of the remaining 10 seats the incumbent was ineligible to run because of term limits.

There was no net change in the chamber's party composition as a result of this election.

See also: State senate elections and California State Assembly elections

November 2 General Election Results

The following candidates won election on November 2, 2010:

  1. Alex Padilla
  2. Anthony Cannella
  3. Curren De Mille Price
  4. Darrell Steinberg
  5. Doug LaMalfa
  6. Edward Hernandez
  7. Ellen Corbett
  8. Gloria Negrete McLeod
  9. Jean Fuller
  10. Jenny Oropeza
  11. Joel Anderson
  12. Juan Vargas
  13. Kevin de León
  14. Leland Yee
  15. Lou Correa
  16. Mark Wyland
  17. Michael J. Rubio
  18. Noreen Evans
  19. Ronald S. Calderon
  20. Tom Berryhill

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 2 election, the Democratic Party held the majority in the California State Senate:

California State Senate
Party As of November 1, 2010 After the 2010 Election
     Democratic Party 24 24
     Republican Party 14 14
     Vacancy 2 2
Total 40 40


Term limits

See also: State legislatures with term limits

The California State Senate has been a term-limited state senate since California voters approved Proposition 140 in 1990. Under the terms of Proposition 140, California's senators can serve no more than two 4-year terms in the state senate. This is a lifetime limit, as is the case in five other states with state senatorial term limits.

There are 40 California State Senators. In 2010, 8 who were current members were ineligible to run for the senate again in November. They were:

Democrats (4):

Republicans (4):

Campaign contributions

See also: State-by-state comparison of donations to state senate campaigns

This chart shows how many candidates ran for state senate in California in past years and the cumulative amount of campaign contributions in state senate races, including contributions in both primary and general election contests. All figures come from Follow The Money.[1]

Year Number of candidates Total contributions
2010 63 $23,000,670
2008 59 $35,169,351
2006 63 $30,011,241
2004 69 $32,887,100
2002 53 $22,148,467

In 2010, the candidates running for senate raised a total of $23,000,670 in campaign funds. Their top 10 contributors were:[2]

Donor Amount
California Democratic Party $2,591,242
California Republican Party $1,249,852
AT$T $240,088
Carol Liu for Senate $227,997
California Association of Realtors $195,600
Merced County Democratic Central Cmte $190,000
Republican Party of Stanislaus County $174,000
California Dental Association $171,200
California State Council of Laborers $166,835
California Professional Fire Fighters $158,898

Incumbency

Unopposed incumbents

2010 state legislative elections analyzed using a Competitiveness Index

No incumbents were unopposed in the November general election.

Primary challenges

No incumbents faced competition in the June 8 primary.

Retiring incumbents

Two incumbent representatives were eligible but did not run for re-election, while ten of the eligible incumbents (83.33%) ran for re-election. The remaining eight incumbents termed out in 2010. Of the two incumbents who did not seek re-election, one was a Democrat and one a Republican.

Incumbents who retired are:

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)

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List of candidates

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District 2

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Noreen Evans 190,824 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Lawrence E. Wiesner 110,209

Note: Incumbent Patricia Wiggins (D) did not run for re-election.

District 4

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Lathe Gill 105,460
Republican Party Doug La Malfa 226,239 Green check mark transparent.png

Note: Incumbent Samuel Aanestad (R) reached his term limit and did not run for re-election.

District 6

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:
Libertarian Party June 8 Libertarian primary result:
Peace and Freedom Party June 8 Peace and Freedom Party primary result:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Darrell Steinberg 137,012 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Marcel Weiland 70,724
Libertarian Party Steve Torno 11,236
Peace and Freedom Party Lanric Hyland 5,916

District 8

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
  • Leland Yee 79,631 Approveda Incumbent Yee was first elected in 2006.
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Leland Yee 197,070 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Doo Sup Park 52,587

District 10

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:
American Independent June 8 American Independent primary result:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Ellen M. Corbett 139,799 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Rob Maffit 58,262
American Independent Ivan Chou 11,871

District 12

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Anna Caballero 86,963
Republican Party Anthony Cannella 92,270 Green check mark transparent.png

Note: Incumbent Jeff Denham (R) did not run for re-election and instead ran for Lieutenant Governor of California.

District 14

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Larry Johnson 96,835
Republican Party Tom Berryhill 191,097 Green check mark transparent.png

Note: Incumbent David Cogdill (R) did not run for re-election.

District 16

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Michael J. Rubio 71,334 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Tim Thiesen 46,717

Note: Incumbent Dean Florez (D) did not run for re-election and instead ran for Lieutenant Governor of California.

District 18

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party June 8 GOP Primary result:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Carter N. Pope 75,229
Republican Party Jean Fuller 166,051 Green check mark transparent.png

Note: Incumbent Roy Ashburn (R) reached his term limit and did not run for re-election.

District 20

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
  • Alex Padilla 26,015 Approveda Incumbent Padilla was first elected in 2006.
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:
Libertarian Party June 8 Libertarian primary result:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Alex Padilla 94,356 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Kathleen Evans 37,420
Libertarian Party Adrian Galysh 6,245

District 22

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:
No Republicans filed to run for this seat.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Kevin De Leon 90,557 Green check mark transparent.png

Note: Incumbent Gilbert Cedillo (D) reached his term limit and did not run for re-election.

District 24

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:
No Republicans filed to run for this seat.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Ed Hernandez 112,792 Green check mark transparent.png

Note: Incumbent Gloria J. Romero (D) reached her term limit and did not run for re-election.

District 26

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
  • Curren De Mille Price 46,843 Approveda Incumbent Price was first elected in a special election on May 19, 2009.
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:
Libertarian Party June 8 Libertarian primary result:
Peace and Freedom Party June 8 Peace and Freedom Party primary result:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Curren De Mille Price 151,733 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Nachum Shifren 25,728
Libertarian Party Bob Weber 4,882
Peace and Freedom Party Cindy Varela Henderson 4,293

District 28

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
  • Jenny Oropeza 49,815 Approveda Incumbent Oropeza died on October 20, 2010. She had represented the 28th District since 2006. Her name remained on the November 2 ballot and a special election was held to replace her.[4]
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:
Libertarian Party June 8 Libertarian primary result:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Jenny Oropeza 142,578 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party John S. Stammreich 87,896
Libertarian Party David Ruskin 14,879

District 30

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Ronald S. Calderon 105,946 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Warren P. Willis 48,534

District 32

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Gloria Negrete McLeod 92,691 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Earl De Vries 43,924

District 34

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
  • Lou Correa 25,297 Approveda Incumbent Correa was first elected in 2006.
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Lou Correa 88,892 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Lucille Kring 46,377

District 36

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:
Libertarian Party June 8 Libertarian primary result:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Paul Clay 101,112
Republican Party Joel Anderson 193,573 Green check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Michael S. Metti 11,737

Note: Incumbent Dennis Hollingsworth (R) reached his term limit and did not run for re-election.

District 37

June 8 Special Election results:

District 38

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:
  • Mark Wyland 79,863 Approveda Incumbent Wyland was first elected in 2006.
Libertarian Party June 8 Libertarian primary result:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Gila Jones 96,884
Republican Party Mark Wyland 169,769 Green check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Kristi Stone 15,185

District 40

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Juan Vargas 101,767 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Brian Hendry 69,417

Note: Incumbent Denise Moreno Ducheny (D) reached her term limit and did not run for re-election.

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