California State Senate elections, 2014

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California State Senate elections, 2014

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State Legislative Election Results

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Elections for the office of California State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 3, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 7, 2014. The deadline was extended to March 12, 2014, in districts where the incumbent, if able to file for re-election, did not do so. Qualified write-in candidates were required to file by May 20, 2014.

Following the general election, there was no change to the majority control of the California State Senate. The Democrats currently control the chamber, but their already-slim hold on the chamber was diminished following the election. Their seats decreased from 27 to 25, as the Republicans picked up two seats to increase their number from 12 to 14. One seat remains vacant.

Incumbents retiring

A total of ten incumbents did not run for re-election in 2014. Those incumbents were:

Name Party Current Office
Noreen Evans Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 2
Darrell Steinberg Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 6
Leland Yee Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 8
Ellen M. Corbett Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 10
Alex Padilla Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 20
Ted Lieu Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 28
Ronald S. Calderon Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 30
Norma Torres Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 32
Lou Correa Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 34
Mark Wyland Ends.png Republican Senate District 38

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 4 election, the Democratic Party held the majority in the California State Senate:

California State Senate
Party As of November 3, 2014 After November 4, 2014
     Democratic Party 27 25
     Republican Party 12 14
     Vacancy 1 1
Total 40 40

Qualifications

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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)

Competitiveness

Candidates unopposed by a major party

In 7 of the 20 districts up for election in 2014, there was only one major party candidate running for election. A total of five Democrats and two Republicans were guaranteed election in November barring unforeseen circumstances.

Two major party candidates faced off in the blanket primary in 13 of the 20 districts up for election.

Primary challenges

One incumbent faced primary competition on June 8. Ten incumbents did not seek re-election in 2014 and another nine incumbents advanced past the primary without opposition. The state senator that faced primary competition was:

Retiring incumbents

Ten incumbent senators did not run for re-election, while 10 (50.0%) ran for re-election. A list of those incumbents, nine Democrats and one Republican, can be found above.

Issues

Top-two primary system

Since California implemented the top-two primary system, minor party and no party preference candidates have had a harder time making it onto the ballot. In 2012, minor parties put 21 candidates on the ballot in California. For the 10 years prior to that election, they averaged a combined 133 candidates on the ballot.[1] Additionally, in the 111 elections for federal or state office in which a minor party did place a candidate on the primary ballot against at least two major party candidates in a top-two primary system, no minor party candidate has placed first or second in order to move on to the general election.[2][3]

List of candidates

District 2

Note: Incumbent Noreen Evans (D) did not run for re-election.

June 3 Blanket primary candidates:
Democratic Party Derek Knell: 19,733
Democratic Party Mike McGuire: 104,670 Approveda
Republican Party Lawrence R. Wiesner: 48,401 Approveda
Independent Harry V. Lehmann: 8,060

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Mike McGuire: 188,142 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Lawrence R. Wiesner: 80,778

District 4

June 3 Blanket primary candidates:
Democratic Party CJ Jawahar: 51,781 Approveda
Republican Party Jim Nielsen: 92,191 Approveda - Incumbent Nielsen first assumed office in 2013.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party CJ Jawahar: 79,457
Republican Party Jim Nielsen: 139,199 Green check mark transparent.png

District 6

Note: Incumbent Darrell Steinberg (D) did not run for re-election.

June 3 Blanket primary candidates:
Democratic Party Roger Dickinson: 48,668 Approveda
Democratic Party Richard Pan: 37,552 Approveda
Republican Party James Axelgard: 19,258
Republican Party Jonathan Zachariou: 15,355

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Roger Dickinson: 82,938
Democratic Party Richard Pan: 96,688 Green check mark transparent.png

District 8

Note: Incumbent Leland Yee (D) did not run for re-election.

June 3 Blanket primary candidates:
Democratic Party Paulina Miranda: 51,415 Approveda
Republican Party Tom Berryhill: 97,056 Approveda - District 14 incumbent Berryhill first assumed office in 2010.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Paulina Miranda: 73,417
Republican Party Tom Berryhill: 415,587 Green check mark transparent.png

District 10

Note: Incumbent Ellen M. Corbett (D) did not run for re-election.

June 3 Blanket primary candidates:
Democratic Party Mary Hayashi: 21,448
Democratic Party Roman Reed: 14,098
Democratic Party Bob Wieckowski: 36,773 Approveda
Republican Party Peter Kuo: 27,332 Approveda
Independent Audie Bock: 4,284

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Bob Wieckowski: 111,162 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Peter Kuo: 52,302

District 12

June 3 Blanket primary candidates:
Democratic Party Shawn K. Bagley: 27,017 Approveda
Republican Party Anthony Cannella: 47,551 Approveda - Incumbent Cannella first assumed office in 2010.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Shawn K. Bagley: 49,039
Republican Party Anthony Cannella: 74,988 Green check mark transparent.png

District 14

Note: Incumbent Tom Berryhill (R) ran for re-election in District 8.

June 3 Blanket primary candidates:
Democratic Party Luis Chavez: 22,771 Approveda
Republican Party Andy Vidak: 35,953 Approveda - District 16 incumbent Vidak first assumed office in 2013.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Luis Chavez: 46,035
Republican Party Andy Vidak: 54,251 Green check mark transparent.png

District 16

Note: Incumbent Andy Vidak (R) ran for re-election in District 14.

June 3 Blanket primary candidates:
Democratic Party Ruth Musser-Lopez (Write-in): 189 Approveda
Republican Party Jean Fuller: 79,843 Approveda - District 18 incumbent Vidak first assumed office in 2010.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Ruth Musser-Lopez: 45,812
Republican Party Jean Fuller: 122,700 Green check mark transparent.png

District 18

Note: Incumbent Jean Fuller (R) ran for re-election in District 16.

June 3 Blanket primary candidates:
Democratic Party Bob Hertzberg: 35,338 Approveda
Republican Party Ricardo Antonio Benitez: 16,289 Approveda
Green Party John P. "Jack" Lindblad: 4,392

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Bob Hertzberg: 79,495 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Ricardo Antonio Benitez: 33,794

District 20

Note: Incumbent Alex Padilla (D) did not run for re-election.

June 3 Blanket primary candidates:
Democratic Party Connie M. Leyva: 9,096 Approveda
Democratic Party Shannon O'Brien: 6,769
Democratic Party Sylvia Robles: 4,843
Democratic Party Alfonso "Al" Sanchez: 7,958
Republican Party Matthew Munson: 14,124 Approveda

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Connie M. Leyva: 56,943 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Matthew Munson: 34,256

District 22

Note: Incumbent Kevin de León (D) ran for re-election in District 24.

June 3 Blanket primary candidates:
Democratic Party Ed Hernandez: 34,372 Approveda - District 24 incumbent Hernandez first assumed office in 2010.
Republican Party Marc Rodriguez (Write-in): 154 Approveda

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Ed Hernandez: 63,570 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Marc Rodriguez: 34,468

District 24

Note: Incumbent Ed Hernandez (D) ran for re-election in District 22.

June 3 Blanket primary candidates:
Democratic Party Peter Choi: 9,422 Approveda
Democratic Party Kevin De Leon: 28,975 Approveda - District 22 incumbent De Leon first assumed office in 2010.
Democratic Party William "Rodriguez" Morrison: 6,805

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Peter Choi: 29,848
Democratic Party Kevin De Leon: 57,412 Green check mark transparent.png

District 26

Note: Incumbent Holly Mitchell (D) ran for re-election in District 30.

June 3 Blanket primary candidates:
Democratic Party Ben Allen: 25,987 Approveda
Democratic Party Barbi S. Appelquist: 1,630
Democratic Party Betsy Butler: 19,301
Democratic Party Sandra Fluke: 22,759 Approveda
Democratic Party Amy Howorth: 18,411
Democratic Party Vito Imbasciani: 5,189
Democratic Party Patric M. Verrone: 3,446
Independent Seth Stodder: 20,419

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Ben Allen: 122,901 Green check mark transparent.png
Democratic Party Sandra Fluke: 80,781

District 28

Note: Incumbent Ted Lieu (D) did not run for re-election.

June 3 Blanket primary candidates:
Democratic Party Philip Drucker: 17,635
Democratic Party Anna Nevenic: 14,444
Republican Party William "Bill" Carns: 4,834
Republican Party Bonnie Garcia: 18,884 Approveda
Republican Party Glenn A. Miller: 18,435
Republican Party Jeff Stone: 20,807 Approveda

November 4 General election candidates:

Republican Party Bonnie Garcia: 72,353
Republican Party Jeff Stone: 81,698 Green check mark transparent.png

District 30

Note: Incumbent Ronald S. Calderon (D) did not run for re-election.

June 3 Blanket primary candidates:
Democratic Party Isidro Armenta: 8,301 Approveda
Democratic Party Holly J. Mitchell: 48,280 Approveda - District 26 incumbent Mitchell first assumed office in 2013.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Isidro Armenta: 35,442
Democratic Party Holly J. Mitchell: 78,115 Green check mark transparent.png

District 32

Note: Incumbent Norma Torres (D) did not run for re-election.

June 3 Blanket primary candidates:
Democratic Party Carlos R. Arvizu: 1,280
Democratic Party Sally Morales Havice: 7,325
Democratic Party Tony Mendoza: 20,804 Approveda
Democratic Party Irella Perez: 6,873
Republican Party Mario A. Guerra: 29,096 Approveda

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Tony Mendoza: 67,593 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Mario A. Guerra: 61,718

District 34

Note: Incumbent Lou Correa (D) did not run for re-election.

June 3 Blanket primary candidates:
Democratic Party Jose Solorio: 29,793 Approveda
Republican Party Janet Nguyen: 46,445 Approveda
Republican Party Long Pham: 13,102

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Jose Solorio: 69,220
Republican Party Janet Nguyen: 95,792 Green check mark transparent.png

District 36

Note: Incumbent Joel Anderson (R) ran for re-election in District 38.

June 3 Blanket primary candidates:
Democratic Party Gary Kephart (Write-in): 759 Approveda
Republican Party Patricia C. "Pat" Bates: 88,171 Approveda

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Gary Kephart: 75,539
Republican Party Patricia C. "Pat" Bates: 140,610 Green check mark transparent.png

District 38

Note: Incumbent Mark Wyland (R) did not run for re-election.

June 3 Blanket primary candidates:
Democratic Party Fotios "Frank" Tsimboukakis: 35,656 Approveda
Republican Party Joel Anderson: 87,933 Approveda - District 36 incumbent Anderson first assumed office in 2006.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Fotios "Frank" Tsimboukakis: 66,066
Republican Party Joel Anderson: 146,510 Green check mark transparent.png

District 40

June 3 Blanket primary candidates:
Democratic Party Rafael Estrada: 17,547 Approveda
Democratic Party Ben Hueso: 45,249 Approveda - Incumbent Hueso first assumed office in 2013.
Republican Party Michael Diaz (Write-in): 188

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Rafael Estrada: 48,397
Democratic Party Ben Hueso: 58,880 Green check mark transparent.png

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