California State Senate election, 2018

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California State Senate election, 2018

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20 seats from even-numbered districts in the California State Senate

  Atkins Headshot.jpg California State Senator Pat Bates.jpg
Leader Toni Atkins Patricia Bates
Party Democratic Republican
Leader's seat 39th–San Diego 36th–Laguna Niguel
Current seats 25 14

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Incumbent Pro Tem

Toni Atkins
Democratic



The 2018 California State Senate elections will be held on Tuesday, November 6, 2018, with a primary election being held on June 5, 2018. Voters in the 20 even-numbered districts of the California State Senate will elect their representatives. The elections will coincide with the elections of other offices, including for governor and the California State Assembly.

Overview[edit]

California State Senate election, 2018
Primary election — June 5, 2018
Party Votes Percentage Candidates Advancing to general Seats contesting
Democratic 1,742,492 60.72% 44 23 20
Republican 1,024,099 35.68% 19 14 14
No party preference 52,485 1.83% 3 2 2
Libertarian 50,838 1.77% 4 0 0
Totals 2,869,914 100.00% 70 39
California State Senate election, 2018
General election — November 6, 2018
Party Votes Percentage Not up Contested Before After +/–
Democratic 15 11 26
Republican 5 9 14
No party preference 0 0 0
Totals 100.00% 20 20 40 40

Results[edit]

District 2District 4District 6District 8District 10District 12District 14District 16District 18District 20District 22District 24District 26District 28District 30District 32District 34District 36District 38District 40

District 2[edit]

California's 2nd State Senate district election, 2018
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Mike McGuire (incumbent) 163,723 76.2
Democratic Veronica "Roni" Jacobi 51,186 23.8
Total votes 214,909 100.0
General election
Democratic Veronica "Roni" Jacobi
Democratic Mike McGuire (incumbent)
Total votes 100.0
Democratic hold

District 4[edit]

California's 4th State Senate district election, 2018
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jim Nielsen (incumbent) 118,756 60.3
Democratic Phillip Kim 42,661 21.7
Democratic Michael "Mike" Worley 35,472 18.0
Total votes 192,889 100.0
General election
Democratic Phillip Kim
Republican Jim Nielsen (incumbent)
Total votes 100.0

District 6[edit]

California's 6th State Senate district election, 2018
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Richard Pan (incumbent) 109,907 65.7
No party preference Eric Frame 22,062 13.2
Libertarian Janine DeRose 18,308 10.9
Democratic Jacob Mason 16,458 9.8
Republican Austin Bennett (write-in) 530 0.3
Total votes 167,238 100.0
General election
No party preference Eric Frame
Democratic Richard Pan (incumbent)
Total votes 100.0

District 8[edit]

California's 8th State Senate district election, 2018
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Andreas Borgeas 117,673 59.4
Democratic Paulina Miranda 42,044 21.2
Democratic Tom Pratt 30,984 15.6
No party preference Mark Belden 7,304 3.7
Total votes 198,005 100.0
General election
Republican Andreas Borgeas
Democratic Paulina Miranda
Total votes 100.0

District 10[edit]

California's 10th State Senate district election, 2018
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Bob Wieckowski (incumbent) 102,122 71.5
Republican Victor G. San Vicente 34,357 24.0
Libertarian Ali Sarsak 6,420 4.5
Total votes 142,899 100.0
General election
Republican Victor G. San Vicente
Democratic Bob Wieckowski (incumbent)
Total votes 100.0

District 12[edit]

California's 12th State Senate district election, 2018
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Anna Caballero 46,970 43.3
Republican Rob Poythress 28,512 26.3
Republican Johnny Tacherra 24,088 22.2
Democratic Daniel Parra 8,740 8.1
Democratic Dennis J. Brazil (write-in) 208 0.2
Total votes 108,518 100.0
General election
Democratic Anna Caballero
Republican Rob Poythress
Total votes 100.0

District 14[edit]

California's 14th State Senate district election, 2018
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Andy Vidak (incumbent) 37,918 54.1
Democratic Melissa Hurtado 16,295 23.2
Democratic Abigail Solis 10,413 14.9
Democratic Ruben Macareno 5,464 7.8
Total votes 70,090 100.0
General election
Democratic Melissa Hurtado
Republican Andy Vidak (incumbent)
Total votes 100.0

District 16[edit]

California's 16th State Senate district election, 2018
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Shannon Grove 90,353 59.1
Democratic Ruth Musser-Lopez 44,303 29.0
Republican Gregory Tatum 18,152 11.9
Total votes 152,808 100.0
General election
Republican Shannon Grove
Democratic Ruth Musser-Lopez
Total votes 100.0

District 18[edit]

California's 18th State Senate district election, 2018
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Robert Hertzberg (incumbent) 72,462 66.3
Republican Rudy Melendez 12,564 11.5
Democratic Roger James Sayegh 12,238 11.2
Republican Brandon Saario 12,048 11.0
Total votes 109,312 100.0
General election
Democratic Robert Hertzberg (incumbent)
Republican Rudy Melendez
Total votes 100.0

District 20[edit]

California's 20th State Senate district election, 2018
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Connie Leyva (incumbent) 40,112 47.0
Republican Matthew Munson 30,233 35.4
Democratic Paul Vincent Avila 14,985 17.6
Total votes 85,330 100.0
General election
Democratic Connie Leyva (incumbent)
Republican Matthew Munson
Total votes 100.0

District 22[edit]

California's 22nd State Senate district election, 2018
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Mike Eng 38,051 45.3
Democratic Susan Rubio 22,136 26.4
Democratic Monica Garcia 17,404 20.7
Democratic Ruben Sierra 6,377 7.6
Total votes 83,968 100.0
General election
Democratic Mike Eng
Democratic Susan Rubio
Total votes 100.0
Democratic hold

District 24[edit]

California's 24th State Senate district election, 2018
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Maria Elena Durazo 63,719 69.8
Democratic Peter Choi 27,566 30.2
Total votes 91,285 100.0
General election
Democratic Peter Choi
Democratic Maria Elena Durazo
Total votes 100.0
Democratic hold

District 26[edit]

California's 26th State Senate district election, 2018
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Ben Allen (incumbent) 144,283 76.8
No party preference Baron Bruno 23,119 12.3
Libertarian Mark Matthew Herd 20,534 10.9
Total votes 187,936 100.0
General election
Democratic Ben Allen (incumbent)
No party preference Baron Bruno
Total votes 100.0

District 28[edit]

California's 28th State Senate district election, 2018
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jeff Stone (incumbent) 89,426 56.0
Democratic Joy Silver 55,312 34.7
Democratic Anna Nevenic 14,826 9.3
Total votes 159,564 100.0
General election
Democratic Joy Silver
Republican Jeff Stone (incumbent)
Total votes 100.0

District 30[edit]

California's 30th State Senate district election, 2018
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Holly Mitchell (incumbent) 93,078 100.0
Total votes 93,078 100.0
General election
Democratic Holly Mitchell (incumbent)
Total votes 100.0
Democratic hold

District 32[edit]

Note that the primary was held the same day as the special election to fill a vacancy in the seat. Although most of the candidates in the two contests were the same, the results were very different. Rita Topalian finished first in both races, but different candidates finished in second place. Vanessa Delgado finished in 2nd place in the special election, but 3rd place in the regularly scheduled primary election. She received a similar number of votes in both races, but candidate Bob Archuleta received about 54% more votes in the regularly scheduled election than he did in the special election. The different results have been attributed to the different order in which the candidates were listed on the ballot.[1]

California's 32nd State Senate district election, 2018
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Rita Topalian 28,979 24.4
Democratic Bob J. Archuleta 20,652 17.4
Democratic Vanessa Delgado 18,709 15.7
Democratic Tony Mendoza 11,917 10.0
Republican Ion Sarega 11,577 9.7
Democratic Vicky Santana 8,236 6.9
Democratic Ali S. Taj 6,349 5.3
Democratic Vivian Romero 5,495 4.6
Democratic Rudy Bermudez 5,455 4.6
Democratic David Castellanos 1,541 1.3
Total votes 118,910 100.0
General election
Democratic Bob J. Archuleta
Republican Rita Topalian
Total votes 100.0

District 34[edit]

California's 34th State Senate district election, 2018
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Janet Nguyen (incumbent) 82,874 58.3
Democratic Tom Umberg 37,360 26.3
Democratic Jestin L. Samson 13,231 9.3
Democratic Akash A. Hawkins 8,746 6.1
Total votes 142,211 100.0
General election
Republican Janet Nguyen (incumbent)
Democratic Tom Umberg
Total votes 100.0

Endorsements[edit]

Tom Umberg (D)
U.S. Representatives
State-level officials
  • Tom Daly, California State Assemblyman (D-69)
  • Betty Yee, State Controller of California
Local-level officials
  • Paul Koretz, Los Angeles City Councilman
  • Miguel Pulido, Mayor of Santa Ana
  • Zeke Hernandez, Rancho Santiago Community College District Board Member
  • Marti Schrank, former Orange County Democratic Party Vice Chairwoman
  • Dan Jacobson, Democratic Foundation Of Orange County Chairman
  • Bill Lockyer, former Attorney General of California
  • Joe Dunn, former California State Senator
  • Betty Karnette, former California State Senator
  • Bob Foster, former Mayor of Long Beach
  • Jim Adams, Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building & Construction Trades Council Representative
  • Rand Beers, Asst. U.S. Secretary of State & Deputy Secretary Of Homeland Security
  • Louis E. Caldera, former U.S. Secretary of the Army

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District 36[edit]

California's 36th State Senate district election, 2018
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Patricia Bates (incumbent) 124,966 54.4
Democratic Marggie Castellano 104,791 45.6
Total votes 229,757 100.0
General election
Republican Patricia Bates (incumbent)
Democratic Marggie Castellano
Total votes 100.0

District 38[edit]

California's 38th State Senate district election, 2018
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Brian Jones 114,270 57.2
Democratic Jeff Griffith 79,862 40.0
Libertarian Antonio Salguero 5,576 2.8
Total votes 199,708 100.0
General election
Democratic Jeff Griffith
Republican Brian Jones
Total votes 100.0

District 40[edit]

California's 40th State Senate district election, 2018
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Ben Hueso (incumbent) 70,649 60.1
Republican Luis R. Vargas 46,850 39.9
Total votes 117,499 100.0
General election
Democratic Ben Hueso (incumbent)
Republican Luis R. Vargas
Total votes 100.0

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