California 2010 legislative election results

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2010 Legislative Election Results

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California State Senate Election Results

This page contains macro-level election results and analysis for the California State Senate. For results in individual contests see our California State Senate elections, 2010 page. The following is a breakdown of the state senate before and after the election:

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


What You'll See on This Page

This page will display the following lists of candidates

  • Incumbents who ran on November 2
  • Incumbents who were defeated
  • Challengers who defeated an incumbent
  • Newly elected senators
  • List of all winners
  • Unopposed candidates
  • Third party candidates

State Senate Overview:

  • There were 10 incumbents who ran in the November 2 general election. No incumbents lost, and thus 10 incumbents were re-elected to the California State Senate.
  • There will be 10 new senators sworn-in. Of those 10, 5 are Democrats and 5 are Republicans
  • Of the 20 seats up for election, 14 were won by Democrats and 6 by Republicans.
  • 2 candidates were unopposed, both of which were Democrats.
  • Only 9 candidates ran as an independent or third party candidate in the general election.

Incumbency Analysis

Of the 1,167 state senate seats up for election in 2010, incumbents ran for 894 (76.6%) of them. Of these 894, 94 lost their re-election bids, 89 Democrats and 5 Republicans. In California, ten incumbent senators did not run for re-election on the November 2 ballot, while 10 incumbents (50%) ran for re-election. Of these 10 incumbents, none were defeated.

Incumbents who ran on November 2

Alex Padilla, first elected to the California State Senate in 2006

The following is a list of all of the incumbents who ran on the November 2 general election ballot:

Incumbents defeated

The following is a list of incumbents defeated on November 2:

No incumbents were defeated.

Challengers who beat an incumbent

The following is a list of challengers who defeated an incumbent on November 2: No challengers defeated an incumbent.

New State Senators and General Election Winners

388 new senators were elected across the country. This includes challengers who defeated incumbents as well as candidates who won open seats. Of these 388, 278 were Republicans and 110 were Democrats. In California, 10 new senators will be sworn-in. Of those 10, 5 are Democrats and 5 are Republicans. In the 10 open seat contests, Republicans won 5 and Democrats 5. In total, California elected 20 senators, 6 Republicans and 14 Democrats. Democratic senator Jenny Oropeza died before the election, so a special election will be held to replace her.

Newly elected senators

Edward Hernandez was elected to the California State Senate in 2010

The following are the newly-elected members of the California State Senate:

Democratic

Republican

Open Seat Winners

The following is a list of candidates who won election in seats where no incumbent was running:

Democratic

Republican

Candidates who won election

The following is a list of all candidates elected to the California State Senate:

Democratic

Curren De Mille Price was first elected to the senate in 2008. He was re-elected in 2010.

Republican

Competitiveness

Kevin de León, one of the two unopposed Democratic senate candidates in 2010

Across the nation, 1,167 state senate seats were up for election in 2010. 1,143 of those seats were partisan seats (24 seats were up for election in Nebraska's nonpartisan unicameral legislature). In 320 (28.0%) of these state senate contests, there was a major party candidate with no major party opposition. In California, 2 candidates (10% of seats) faced no major party opposition. Both were Democrats.

Unopposed candidates in general election

The following candidates did not face major party competition:

Democratic

Republican

No Republicans ran unopposed.

Ballot Access

Across the nation, 140 independent or third party candidates ran for state senate. In California, 9 (19.1%) of the 47 senate candidates ran as an independent or third party candidate. None won election.

Third party candidates

The following is a list of third party and independent candidates who ran in 2010:

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2010 Legislative Election Results

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California State House Election Results

This page contains macro-level election results and analysis for the California General Assembly. For results in individual contests, see our California State Assembly elections, 2010. The following is a breakdown of the state house before and after the election:

California State Assembly
Party As of November 1, 2010 After the 2010 Election
     Democratic Party 50 52
     Republican Party 27 28
     Independent 1 -
     Vacancy 2 -
Total 80 80


What You'll See on This Page

This page will display the following lists of candidates

  • Incumbents who ran on November 2
  • Incumbents who were defeated
  • Challengers who defeated an incumbent
  • Newly elected senators
  • List of all winners
  • Unopposed candidates
  • Third party candidates

State House Overview:

  • There were 52 incumbents who ran in the November 2 general election. No incumbents lost, and thus 52 incumbents were re-elected to the California General Assembly.
  • There will be 28 new representatives sworn-in. Of those 28, 17 are Democrats and 11 are Republicans
  • Of the 80 seats up for election, 52 were won by Democrats and 28 by Republicans.
  • 6 candidates were unopposed, 4 Democrats and 2 Republicans.
  • 28 candidates ran as an independent or third party candidate in the general election.

Incumbency Analysis

Of the 4,958 state house seats up for election, incumbents ran in the general election for 4,091 (79.5%) of them. Of these 4,091 incumbents, 413 lost their re-election bids, 403 Democrats and 10 Republicans. In California, 52 (65%) incumbents ran in the general election. No incumbents were defeated in the general election.

Incumbents who ran on November 2

The following is a list of all of the incumbents who ran on the November 2 general election ballot:

Incumbents defeated

The following is a list of incumbents defeated on November 2: No incumbents were defeated in the general election.

Challengers who beat an incumbent

The following is a list of challengers who defeated an incumbent on November 2:

No challengers defeated an incumbent in the general election.

New Representatives and General Election Winners

1,345 new representatives were elected across the country. This includes challengers who defeated incumbents as well as candidates who won open seats. Of these 1,345, 988 were Republicans and 357 were Democrats. In California, 28 new representatives will be sworn-in. Of those 28, 17 are Democrats and 11 are Republicans. In the 28 open seat contests, Republicans won 11 and Democrats 17. In total, California elected 80 representatives, 28 Republicans and 52 Democrats.

Newly elected representatives

The following are the newly-elected members of the California General Assembly:

Democratic

Republican

Open Seat Winners

The following is a list of candidates who won election in seats where no incumbent was running:

Democratic

Republican

Candidates who won election

The following is a list of all candidates elected to the California General Assembly:

Democratic

Republican

Competitiveness

Across the nation, 4,958 state house seats were up for election in 2010. In 1,680 (33.9%) of these state house contests, there was a major party candidate with no major party opposition. In California, 6 candidates (7.5% of all seats) faced no major party opposition. Of these 6, 4 were Democrats and 2 were Republicans.

Unopposed candidates in general election

The following candidates did not face major party competition:

Democratic

Republican

Ballot Access

In California, 28 (15.4%) of the 182 house candidates ran as independent or third party candidates. None won election in the November 2 general election.

Third party candidates

The following is a list of third party and independent candidates who ran in 2010: