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According to a Cook Political Report analysis, the 16th district is one of 13 congressional districts in California that may be competitive in 2012.  The analysis rated it as Likely Democratic.<ref>[http://cookpolitical.com/charts/house/competitive_2012-02-17_07-56-55.php The Cook Political Report 2012 Competitive House Race Chart]</ref>
 
According to a Cook Political Report analysis, the 16th district is one of 13 congressional districts in California that may be competitive in 2012.  The analysis rated it as Likely Democratic.<ref>[http://cookpolitical.com/charts/house/competitive_2012-02-17_07-56-55.php The Cook Political Report 2012 Competitive House Race Chart]</ref>
  
'''''Note:''''' ''Due to California's recently adopted [[California Proposition 14, Top Two Primaries Act (June 2010)|Top Two Candidates Open Primary Act]], all candidates compete in one primary.  The two who receive the most votes move on to the general election, regardless of any party affiliation.
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This was the first election year in which California's [[California Proposition 14, Top Two Primaries Act (June 2010)|Top Two Candidates Open Primary Act]] was in effect.  Because of this, all candidates for a seat competed in one [[blanket primary]].  The two candidates who received the most votes then advanced to the general election on November 6. 
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The proposition's intent was to encourage primary competition, which backers of the act said would lead to more moderate legislators being elected.  Despite this intention, only a few centrists successfully advanced to the general election.  The primary results did reflect an increase in competition, with California's percentage of contested primaries being much higher than the nationwide average.<ref name=times>[http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-legislature-20120607,0,7634350.story ''Los Angeles Times,'' "Few centrists advance in California's new primary system," June 7, 2012]</ref>
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However, the increase in competition has also led to an increase in campaign spending, due to the fact that competition within political parties will last for the entire year rather than ending after the primary.  Experts predict that this will only increase the power of the special interest groups that fund the campaigns.<ref name=times/>
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Raphael J. Sonenshein, executive director of the Edmund G. "Pat" Brown Institute of Public Affairs at Cal State L.A., said the following, "It's hard to argue it's a better system where the incumbent congressman has a huge war chest and nobody else has any money... At least now we can make him spend it."<ref name=times/>
  
 
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Revision as of 13:04, 11 June 2012

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California's 16th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
June 5, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Jim Costa Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Zoe Lofgren Democratic Party
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 16th congressional district of California will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.
This is the 16th congressional district prior to the 2010 redistricting.

Candidates wishing to run were required to file by the signature filing deadline of March 9, 2012. The primary election took place on June 5, 2012.

Heading into the election the incumbent is Zoe Lofgren (D), who was first elected in 1994. However, due to heavy redistricting, the current incumbent of the district will most likely no longer remain in the district.

According to a Cook Political Report analysis, the 16th district is one of 13 congressional districts in California that may be competitive in 2012. The analysis rated it as Likely Democratic.[1]

Blanket primary

This was the first election year in which California's Top Two Candidates Open Primary Act was in effect. Because of this, all candidates for a seat competed in one blanket primary. The two candidates who received the most votes then advanced to the general election on November 6.

The proposition's intent was to encourage primary competition, which backers of the act said would lead to more moderate legislators being elected. Despite this intention, only a few centrists successfully advanced to the general election. The primary results did reflect an increase in competition, with California's percentage of contested primaries being much higher than the nationwide average.[2]

However, the increase in competition has also led to an increase in campaign spending, due to the fact that competition within political parties will last for the entire year rather than ending after the primary. Experts predict that this will only increase the power of the special interest groups that fund the campaigns.[2]

Raphael J. Sonenshein, executive director of the Edmund G. "Pat" Brown Institute of Public Affairs at Cal State L.A., said the following, "It's hard to argue it's a better system where the incumbent congressman has a huge war chest and nobody else has any money... At least now we can make him spend it."[2]

Candidates

General election candidates

Democratic Party Jim Costa Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Brian Daniel Whelan


June 5, 2012, primary results

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in California

District history

2010

On November 2, 2010, Zoe Lofgren won re-election to the United States House. She defeated Daniel Sahagun and Edward Gonazalez in the general election.[3]

U.S. House, California District 16 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngZoe Lofgren Incumbent 67.8% 105,841
     Republican Daniel Sahagun 24.3% 37,913
     Libertarian Edward Gonazalez 7.9% 12,304
Total Votes 156,058

See also

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