California elections, 2018

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California state elections in 2018 will be held on Tuesday, November 6, 2018, with the primary election being held on June 5, 2018. Voters will elect one member to the United States Senate, 53 members to the United States House of Representatives, all eight state constitutional offices, all four members to the Board of Equalization, 20 members to the California State Senate, and all 80 members to the California State Assembly, among other elected offices.

Pursuant to Proposition 14 passed in 2010, California uses a nonpartisan blanket primary. All the candidates for the same elected office, regardless of respective political party, run against each other at once during the primary. The candidates receiving the most and second-most votes in the primary election then become the contestants in the general election.

Congress[edit]

Senate[edit]

Incumbent Democrat Dianne Feinstein is running for reelection.

Results[edit]

United States Senate election in California, 2018
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Dianne Feinstein (incumbent) 2,947,035 44.2
Democratic Kevin de León 805,446 12.1
Republican James P. Bradley 556,252 8.3
Republican Arun K. Bhumitra 350,815 5.3
Republican Paul A. Taylor 323,533 4.9
Republican Erin Cruz 267,494 4.0
Republican Tom Palzer 205,183 3.1
Democratic Alison Hartson 147,061 2.2
Republican Rocky De La Fuente 135,278 2.0
Democratic Pat Harris 126,947 1.9
Republican John "Jack" Crew 93,806 1.4
Republican Patrick Little 89,867 1.3
Republican Kevin Mottus 87,646 1.3
Republican Jerry Joseph Laws 67,140 1.0
Libertarian Derrick Michael Reid 59,999 0.9
Democratic Adrienne Nicole Edwards 56,172 0.8
Democratic Douglas Howard Pierce 42,671 0.6
Republican Mario Nabliba 39,209 0.6
Democratic David Hildebrand 30,305 0.5
Democratic Donnie O. Turner 30,101 0.5
Democratic Herbert G. Peters 27,468 0.4
No party preference David Moore 24,614 0.4
No party preference Ling Ling Shi 23,506 0.4
Peace and Freedom John Thompson Parker 22,825 0.3
No party preference Lee Olson 20,393 0.3
Democratic Gerald Plummer 18,234 0.3
No party preference Jason M. Hanania 18,171 0.3
No party preference Don J. Grundmann 15,125 0.2
No party preference Colleen Shea Fernald 13,536 0.2
No party preference Rash Bihari Ghosh 12,557 0.2
No party preference Tim Gildersleeve 8,482 0.1
No party preference Michael Fahmy Girgis 2,986 0.0
Green Michael V. Ziesing (write-in) 842 0.0
No party preference Ursula M. Schilling (write-in) 17 0.0
Democratic Seelam Prabhakar Reddy (write-in) 4 0.0
Total votes 6,697,720 100.00
General election
Democratic Dianne Feinstein (incumbent)
Democratic Kevin de León
Total votes 100.0
Democratic hold

House of Representatives[edit]

Statewide constitutional offices[edit]

Governor[edit]

Incumbent Democrat Jerry Brown is term-limited.

Results[edit]

California gubernatorial election, 2018
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Gavin Newsom 2,343,792 33.7
Republican John H. Cox 1,766,488 25.4
Democratic Antonio Villaraigosa 926,394 13.3
Republican Travis Allen 658,798 9.5
Democratic John Chiang 655,920 9.4
Democratic Delaine Eastin 234,869 3.4
Democratic Amanda Renteria 93,446 1.3
Republican Robert C. Newman II 44,674 0.6
Democratic Michael Shellenberger 31,692 0.6
Republican Peter Y. Liu 27,336 0.4
Republican Yvonne Girard 21,840 0.3
Peace and Freedom Gloria Estela La Riva 19,075 0.3
Democratic J. Bribiesca 17,586 0.3
Green Josh Jones 16,131 0.2
Libertarian Zoltan Istvan 14,462 0.2
Democratic Albert Caesar Mezzetti 12,026 0.2
Libertarian Nickolas Wildstar 11,566 0.2
Democratic Robert Davidson Griffis 11,103 0.2
Democratic Akinyemi Agbede 9,380 0.1
Democratic Thomas Jefferson Cares 8,937 0.1
Green Christopher N. Carlson 7,302 0.1
Democratic Klement Tinaj 5,368 0.1
No party preference Hakan "Hawk" Mikado 5,346 0.1
No party preference Johnny Wattenburg 4,973 0.1
No party preference Desmond Silveira 4,633 0.1
No party preference Shubham Goel 4,020 0.1
No party preference Jeffrey Edward Taylor 3,973 0.1
Green Veronika Fimbres (write-in) 62 0.0
No party preference Arman Soltani (write-in) 32 0.0
No party preference Peter Crawford Valentino (write-in) 21 0.0
Republican K. Pearce (write-in) 8 0.0
No party preference Armando M. Arreola (write-in) 1 0.0
Total votes 6,961,254 100.0
General election
Democratic Gavin Newsom
Republican John H. Cox
Total votes 100.0

Lieutenant Governor[edit]

Incumbent Democrat Gavin Newsom is term-limited.

Results[edit]

California lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2018
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Eleni Kounalakis 1,587,940 24.2
Democratic Ed Hernandez 1,347,442 20.6
Republican Cole Harris 1,144,003 17.5
Democratic Jeff Bleich 648,045 9.9
Republican David Fennell 515,956 7.9
Republican Lydia Ortega 419,512 6.4
Republican David R. Hernandez 404,982 6.2
No party preference Gayle McLaughlin 263,364 4.0
Libertarian Tim Ferreira 99,949 1.5
Democratic Cameron Gharabiklou 78,267 1.2
No party preference Danny Thomas 44,121 0.7
No party preference Marjan S. Fariba (write-in) 18 0.0
Total votes 6,553,599 100.0
General election
Democratic Eleni Kounalakis
Democratic Ed Hernandez
Total votes 100.0
Democratic hold

Attorney General[edit]

Incumbent Democrat Xavier Becerra is running for his first election after his appointment and confirmation to the office on January 24, 2017.

Results[edit]

California Attorney General election, 2018
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Xavier Becerra (incumbent) 3,024,611 45.8
Republican Steven C. Bailey 1,615,859 24.5
Democratic Dave Jones 1,017,427 15.4
Republican Eric Early 943,071 14.3
Total votes 6,600,968 100.0
General election
Democratic Xavier Becerra (incumbent)
Republican Steven K. Bailey
Total votes 100.0

Secretary of State[edit]

Incumbent Democrat Alex Padilla is running for reelection.

Results[edit]

California Secretary of State election, 2018
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Alex Padilla (incumbent) 3,475,633 52.6
Republican Mark P. Meuser 2,047,903 31.0
Democratic Ruben Major 355,036 5.4
Republican Raul Rodriguez Jr. 330,460 5.0
Libertarian Gail Lightfoot 155,879 2.4
Green Michael Feinstein 136,725 2.1
Peace and Freedom C.T. Weber 61,375 0.9
Green Erik Rydberg 48,705 0.7
Total votes 6,611,716 100.0
General election
Democratic Alex Padilla (incumbent)
Republican Mark P. Meuser
Total votes 100.0

Treasurer[edit]

Incumbent Democrat John Chiang is leaving office to run for governor.

Results[edit]

California State Treasurer election, 2018
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Fiona Ma 2,900,606 44.5
Republican Greg Conlon 1,357,635 20.8
Republican Jack M. Guerrero 1,257,315 19.3
Democratic Vivek Viswanathan 848,026 13.0
Peace and Freedom Kevin Akin 148,282 2.3
Total votes 6,511,864 100.0
General election
Democratic Fiona Ma
Republican Greg Conlon
Total votes 100.0

Controller[edit]

Incumbent Democrat Betty Yee is running for reelection.

Results[edit]

California State Controller election, 2018
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Betty Yee (incumbent) 4,033,197 62.1
Republican Konstantinos Roditis 2,200,926 33.9
Peace and Freedom Mary Lou Finley 261,876 4.0
Total votes 6,495,999 100.0
General election
Democratic Betty Yee (incumbent)
Republican Konstantinos Roditis
Total votes 100.0

Insurance Commissioner[edit]

Incumbent Democrat Dave Jones is term-limited.

Results[edit]

California Insurance Commissioner election, 2018
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
No party preference Steve Poizner 2,569,254 41.0
Democratic Ricardo Lara 2,538,478 40.5
Democratic Asif Mahmood 846,023 13.5
Peace and Freedom Nathalie Hrizi 316,149 5.0
Total votes 6,269,904 100.0
General election
No party preference Steve Poizner
Democratic Ricardo Lara
Total votes 100.0

Superintendent of Public Instruction[edit]

Incumbent Tom Torlakson is term-limited.

Primary results[edit]

California Superintendent of Public Instruction primary, 2018
Candidate Votes %
Marshall Tuck 2,223,784 37.0
Tony Thurmond 2,136,919 35.6
Lily Ploski 984,932 16.4
Steven Ireland 658,786 11.0
Douglas I. Vigil (write-in) 83 0.0
Thomas L. Williams (write-in) 66 0.0
Total votes 6,004,570 100.0

General election results[edit]

California Superintendent of Public Instruction election, 2018
Candidate Votes %
Tony Thurmond
Marshall Tuck
Total votes

Board of Equalization[edit]

District 1[edit]

Incumbent Republican George Runner is term-limited.

Results[edit]

California's 1st Board of Equalization district election, 2018
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Tom Hallinan 606,159 39.4
Republican Ted Gaines 500,879 32.6
Republican Connie Conway 283,477 18.4
Republican David Evans 147,473 9.6
Total votes 1,537,988 100.0
General election
Democratic Tom Hallinan
Republican Ted Gaines
Total votes 100.0

District 2[edit]

Incumbent Democrat Fiona Ma is leaving office to run for state treasurer.

Results[edit]

California's 2nd Board of Equalization district election, 2018
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Malia Cohen 723,355 38.7
Republican Mark Burns 502,143 26.9
Democratic Cathleen Galgiani 480,887 25.7
Democratic Barry Chang 163,102 8.7
Total votes 1,869,487 100.0
General election
Democratic Malia Cohen
Republican Mark Burns
Total votes 100.0

District 3[edit]

Incumbent Democrat Jerome Horton is term-limited.

Results[edit]

California's 3rd Board of Equalization district election, 2018
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican G. Rick Marshall 335,570 26.4
Democratic Tony Vazquez 255,988 20.2
Democratic Cheryl C. Turner 214,916 16.9
Democratic Scott Svonkin 170,254 13.4
Democratic Nancy Pearlman 160,105 12.6
Democratic Doug Kriegel 44,962 3.5
Democratic Ben Pak 44,588 3.5
No party preference Micheál "Me-Haul" O'Leary 43,084 3.4
Total votes 1,269,467 100.0
General election
Republican G. Rick Marshall
Democratic Tony Vazquez
Total votes 100.0

District 4[edit]

Incumbent Republican Diane Harkey is leaving office to run for the United States House of Representatives.

Results[edit]

California's 4th Board of Equalization district election, 2018
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Joel Anderson 492,122 31.2
Democratic Mike Schaefer 269,044 17.0
Republican John F. Kelly 263,294 16.7
Democratic David Dodson 234,534 14.9
Democratic Ken Lopez-Maddox 228,811 14.5
Republican Jim Stieringer 58,642 3.7
Republican Nader F. Shahatit 32,105 2.0
Total votes 1,578,552 100.0
General election
Republican Joel Anderson
Democratic Mike Schaefer
Total votes 100.0

State Legislature[edit]

State Senate[edit]

State Assembly[edit]

Statewide ballot propositions[edit]

June primary election[edit]

Since the passage of a law in November 2011, state primary elections may only feature propositions placed on the ballot by the state legislature.[1]

  • Proposition 68 - Passed
    A $4 billion bond measure to fund various parks, natural resources protection, climate adaptation, water quality and supply, and flood protection projects. Proponents argued that these projects will ensure and protect water resources, even during times of droughts. Opponents worried about adding more bonds to California's already existing debt.[2]
  • Proposition 69 - Passed
    A state constitution amendment that mandates that revenues generated by the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 can only be used for transportation purposes. Proponents argued that this will prevent the state legislature from redirecting these funds to non-transportation programs. Opponents argued that this will not fix or build new roads, nor would it protect gas tax revenues.[3]
  • Proposition 70 - Failed
    A state constitution amendment that would have required that revenue from cap and trade programs be collected in a special fund starting in 2024. The state legislature would then need a two-thirds majority vote to spend this money. Proponents argued that this will ensure that the state legislature will spend these funds wisely on high priority projects. Opponents argued that this will empower anti-environmental special interest groups because a two-thirds majority vote requirement will lead to more legislative gridlock.[4]
  • Proposition 71 - Passed
    A state constitution amendment to move the effective date of passed ballot measures from the day after the election to the fifth day after the Secretary of State certifies the results. Proponents wanted to make sure that future election results are officially certified before ballot measures go into effect. Opponents worried that this will prevent future ballot measures from retroactively taking effect, because there may be a scenario where a voter-approved ballot measure may need to be enforced as soon as possible.[5]
  • Proposition 72 - Passed
    A state constitution amendment to exclude rainwater capture systems completed on or after January 1, 2019 from property tax assessments. Proponents wanted more homeowners to install these systems to help conserve water, and not get taxed on them. There was no opposing argument submitted to the Secretary of State.[6]

November general election[edit]

  • Proposition 6
    Eliminates Recently Enacted Road Repair and Transportation Funding by Repealing Revenues Dedicated for those Purposes. Requires any Measure to Enact Certain Vehicle Fuel Taxes and Vehicle Fees be Submitted to and Approved by the Electorate. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Siders, David (October 8, 2011). "Gov. Jerry Brown signs bill restricting ballot initiative to November elections". Sacramento Bee. Archived from the original on February 12, 2013. Retrieved September 28, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Proposition 68". June 5, 2018 Primary Election Official Voter Information Guide. California Secretary of State. 
  3. ^ "Proposition 69". June 5, 2018 Primary Election Official Voter Information Guide. California Secretary of State. 
  4. ^ "Proposition 70". June 5, 2018 Primary Election Official Voter Information Guide. California Secretary of State. 
  5. ^ "Proposition 71". June 5, 2018 Primary Election Official Voter Information Guide. California Secretary of State. 
  6. ^ "Proposition 72". June 5, 2018 Primary Election Official Voter Information Guide. California Secretary of State. 

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