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California elections, November 2010

 

California elections, November 2010

The California state elections, November 2010 were held on November 2, 2010.[1]

On a year marked by a strong Republican wave nationwide, the State of California elected Democrats to the state's top offices of Governor, Lieutenant Governor, State Controller, State Treasurer, Superintendent of Public Education, Insurance Commissioner and United States Senator. On November 24, 2010, the California Democratic Party set a record for winning every statewide elected office in California in a single election when the last outstanding race - the one for Attorney General - was decided in Kamala Harris' favor. Because fellow Democrat Dianne Feinstein holds the other Senate seat that was not up for election in 2010, the Democrats held every statewide elected office in California beginning in 2011.

United States Senate

United States Senate election in California, 2010
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Barbara Boxer (incumbent) 5,218,441 52.2%
Republican Carly Fiorina 4,217,366 42.2%
Libertarian Gail Lightfoot 175,242 1.8%
Peace and Freedom Marsha Feinland 135,093 1.4%
Green Duane Roberts 128,510 1.2%
American Independent Edward Noonan 125,441 1.2%
Independent James E. Harris (write-in) 41 0.0%
Independent Connor Vlakancic (write-in) 11 0.0%
Independent Jerry Leon Carroll (write-in) 10 0.0%
Independent Hans J. Kugler (write-in) 5 0.0%
Valid votes 10,000,160 %
Invalid or blank votes %
Totals ' 100.0%
Voter turnout %
Democratic hold

United States House of Representatives

United States House of Representatives elections in California, 2010[2]
Party Votes Percentage Seats +/–
Democratic 5,137,507 53.4% 34 0
Republican 4,182,957 43.4% 19 0
Others 307,857 3.2% 0 0
Valid votes 9,628,321
Invalid or blank votes
Totals 100.0% 53 0
Voter turnout

Constitutional officers

Governor

California gubernatorial election, 2010
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jerry Brown 5,417,731 53.8%
Republican Meg Whitman 4,120,020 40.9%
American Independent Chelene Nightingale 165,928 1.7%
Libertarian Dale Ogden 150,547 1.5%
Green Laura Wells 128,419 1.3%
Peace and Freedom Carlos Alvarez 92,637 0.9%
Libertarian Casssandra Lieurance (write-in) 285 0.0%
Independent Lea Sherman (write-in) 43 0.0%
Independent Rakesh K. Christian (write-in) 13 0.0%
Democratic Nadia B. Smalley (write-in) 8 0.0%
Independent Hugh Bagley (write-in) 4 0.0%
Independent Rowan Millar (write-in) 4 0.0%
Independent Jacob Vangelisti (write-in) 4 0.0%
Democratic Anselmo Chavez (write-in) 2 0.0%
Valid votes 10,075,645 %
Invalid or blank votes %
Totals ' 100.0%
Voter turnout %
Democratic gain from Republican

Lieutenant Governor

California lieutenant governor election, 2010
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Gavin Newsom 4,918,158 50.2%
Republican Abel Maldonado (incumbent) 3,820,977 39.0%
Libertarian Pamela Brown 574,640 5.9%
American Independent Jim King 184,899 1.9%
Green James Castillo 163,987 1.6%
Peace and Freedom C. T. Weber 116,350 1.1%
Independent Karen England (write-in) 34,119 0.3%
Valid votes 9,813,130 %
Invalid or blank votes %
Totals ' 100.0%
Voter turnout %
Democratic gain from Republican

Secretary of State

California Secretary of State election, 2010
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Debra Bowen (incumbent) 5,105,600 53.2%
Republican Damon Dunn 3,666,397 38.2%
Green Ann Menasche 286,701 3.0%
Libertarian Christina Tobin 214,353 2.3%
Peace and Freedom Marylou Cabral 164,458 1.7%
American Independent Merton D. Short 162,100 1.6%
Valid votes 9,599,609 %
Invalid or blank votes %
Totals ' 100.0%
Voter turnout %
Democratic hold

State Controller

California State Controller election, 2010
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic John Chiang (incumbent) 5,325,657 55.2%
Republican Tony Strickland 3,487,007 36.1%
Libertarian Andrew "Andy" Favor 292,440 3.1%
Peace and Freedom Karen Martinez 209,647 2.2%
Green Ross D. Frankel 191,284 1.9%
American Independent Lawrence G. Beliz 154,147 1.5%
Valid votes 9,660,182 %
Invalid or blank votes %
Totals ' 100.0%
Voter turnout %
Democratic hold

State Treasurer

California State Treasurer election, 2010
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Bill Lockyer (incumbent) 5,433,508 56.5%
Republican Mimi Walters 3,479,712 36.2%
Green Charles "Kit" Crittenden 231,165 2.4%
Libertarian Edward M. Teyssier 218,387 2.2%
American Independent Robert Lauten 135,930 1.4%
Peace and Freedom Debra L. Reiger 125,573 1.3%
Valid votes 9,624,275 %
Invalid or blank votes %
Totals ' 100.0%
Voter turnout %
Democratic hold

Attorney General

California Attorney General election, 2010
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Kamala Harris 4,443,070 46.1%
Republican Steve Cooley 4,368,617 45.3%
Green Peter Allen 258,880 2.7%
Libertarian Timothy Hannan 246,584 2.6%
American Independent Diane Templin 169,994 1.7%
Peace and Freedom Robert Evans 160,426 1.6%
Valid votes 9,647,571 %
Invalid or blank votes %
Totals ' 100.0%
Voter turnout %
Democratic hold

Insurance Commissioner

California Insurance Commissioner election, 2010
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Dave Jones 4,765,693 50.6%
Republican Mike Villines 3,540,610 37.6%
Libertarian Richard Bronstein 372,684 4.0%
Peace and Freedom Dina Padilla 293,512 3.1%
Green William Balderston 252,305 2.6%
American Independent Clay Pedersen 198,352 2.1%
Valid votes 9,423,156 %
Invalid or blank votes %
Totals ' 100.0%
Voter turnout %
Democratic gain from Republican

Superintendent of Public Instruction

California Superintendent of Public Instruction election, 2010
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Tom Torlakson 4,223,116 54.6%
Independent Larry Aceves 3,476,288 44.9%
Independent Diane Lenning (write-in) 46,061 0.5%
Valid votes 7,745,465 %
Invalid or blank votes %
Totals ' 100.0%
Voter turnout %
Democratic hold


Board of Equalization

District 1

California's 1st Board of Equalization district election, 2010
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Betty T. Yee (incumbent) 1,617,655 63.1%
Republican Kevin R. Scott 799,316 31.2%
Libertarian Kennita Watson 77,942 3.0%
Peace and Freedom Sherrill Borg 71,189 2.7%
Valid votes 2,566,102 %
Invalid or blank votes %
Totals ' 100.0%
Voter turnout %
Democratic hold

District 2

California's 2nd Board of Equalization district election, 2010
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican George Runner 1,189,504 50.0%
Democratic Chris Parker 1,019,844 42.9%
Libertarian Willard D. Michlin 112,825 4.7%
Peace and Freedom Toby Mitchell-Sawyer 58,242 2.4%
Valid votes 2,380,415 %
Invalid or blank votes %
Totals ' 100.0%
Voter turnout %
Republican hold

District 3

California's 3rd Board of Equalization district election, 2010
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Michelle Steel (incumbent) 1,325,538 54.9%
Democratic Mary Christian Heising 836,057 34.6%
Libertarian Jerry L. Dixon 117,783 4.8%
Peace and Freedom Mary Lou Finley 79,870 3.3%
American Independent Terri Lussenheide 59,513 2.4%
Valid votes 2,418,761 %
Invalid or blank votes %
Totals ' 100.0%
Voter turnout %
Republican hold

District 4

California's 4th Board of Equalization district election, 2010
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jerome Horton (incumbent) 1,223,906 71.8%
American Independent Shawn Hoffman 215,639 12.6%
Libertarian Peter "Pedro" De Baets 198,575 11.6%
Peace and Freedom Nancy Lawrence 68,577 4.0%
Valid votes 1,706,697 %
Invalid or blank votes %
Totals ' 100.0%
Voter turnout %
Democratic hold

Supreme Court

Chief Justice nomination

Tani Cantil-Sakauye
Choice Votes %
Referendum passed Yes 4,764,829 67.1
No 2,340,721 32.9
Total votes 7,105,550 100.00

Associate Justices

Ming W. Chin
Choice Votes %
Referendum passed Yes 4,592,594 65.5
No 2,422,435 34.5
Total votes 7,015,029 100.00
Carlos R. Moreno
Choice Votes %
Referendum passed Yes 4,739,562 67.7
No 2,258,060 32.3
Total votes 6,997,622 100.00

State Senate

There are 40 seats in the State Senate, the upper house of California's bicameral State Legislature. Voters in the 20 even-numbered districts of the California State Senate will vote for their representatives.

California State Senate elections, 2010
Party Votes Percentage Not up Incumbents Open Before After
Democratic 2,269,550 55.6 11 9 5 25 25
Republican 1,728,863 42.3 9 1 5 15 15
Libertarian 64,163 1.6 0 0 0 0 0
Green 11,871 0.3 0 0 0 0 0
Peace and Freedom 10,209 0.2 0 0 0 0 0
Independent 10 0.0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 4,084,666 100.0 20 10 10 40 40


State Assembly

Voters in all 80 of California's State Assembly districts voted for their representatives.

California State Assembly elections, 2010
Party Votes Percentage Seats +/–
Democratic 5,024,759 54.0 52 +2
Republican 4,084,979 43.9 28 -1
Libertarian 115,709 1.2 0 0
Green 46,599 0.5 0 0
Peace and Freedom 26,809 0.3 0 0
American Independent 4,269 0.1 0 0
Independent 163 0.0 0 -1
Invalid or blank votes
Valid votes 9,303,287
Totals 100.0% 80
Voter turnout

Statewide ballot propositions

The following propositions have been approved for the November ballot either through referral by the state legislature or by obtaining 433,971 signatures for proposed statutes and 694,354 signatures for constitutional amendments.[3]

Proposition 18

This is a legislatively referred state statute that would authorize an $11.1 billion bond to upgrade California's water system. On August 9, 2010, the California Legislature postponed the vote on the proposition until 2012.[4]

Proposition 19

This is a citizen-initiated state statute that would legalize up to 1 ounce of marijuana for persons 21 years or older and would allow local governments to regulate as well as tax the newly created cannabis market.

Proposition 19
Choice Votes %
Referendum failed No 5,322,716 53.5
Yes 4,634,383 46.5
Total votes 9,957,099 100.00
[5]

Proposition 20

This is a citizen-initiated constitutional amendment that would require the California Citizens Redistricting Commission to re-draw congressional district lines, in addition to its current job of drawing state senate district lines and state assembly district lines.
Proposition 20
Choice Votes %
Referendum passed Yes 5,733,104 61.2
No 3,628,769 38.8
Total votes 9,361,873 100.00
[5]

Proposition 21

This is a citizen-initiated state statute that would increase vehicle license fees by $18 a year to fund state parks. The initiative also removes current state park motor vehicle parking fees.[6]
Proposition 21
Choice Votes %
Referendum failed No 5,605,610 57.3
Yes 4,181,226 42.7
Total votes 9,786,836 100.00
[5]

Proposition 22

This is a citizen-initiated constitutional amendment that would prevent the state government from taking certain funds, such as transportation funds, from the local governments.
Proposition 22
Choice Votes %
Referendum passed Yes 5,722,627 60.6
No 3,717,765 39.4
Total votes 9,440,392 100.00
[5]

Proposition 23

This is a citizen-initiated state statute that would suspend California's Global Warming Solutions Act until statewide unemployment falls below 5.5% for four consecutive quarters.
Proposition 23
Choice Votes %
Referendum failed No 5,962,305 61.5
Yes 3,727,076 38.5
Total votes 9,689,381 100.00
[5]

Proposition 24

This is a citizen-initiated state statute that would repeal three business tax breaks passed by the state legislature as part of negotiations of the 2008–10 California budget crisis.
Proposition 24
Choice Votes %
Referendum failed No 5,461,674 58.1
Yes 3,939,118 41.9
Total votes 9,400,792 100.00
[5]

Proposition 25

This is a citizen-initiated constitutional amendment that would allow state budgets to be passed by the state legislature by a simple majority instead of the current two-thirds requirement. The two-thirds majority for passing taxes would not change.
Proposition 25
Choice Votes %
Referendum passed Yes 5,251,319 55.1
No 4,284,852 44.9
Total votes 9,536,171 100.00
[5]

Proposition 26

This is a citizen-initiated constitutional amendment that would require voters to approve new state levies and charges by a two-thirds super majority, with some exceptions.
Proposition 26
Choice Votes %
Referendum passed Yes 4,915,262 52.4
No 4,460,681 47.6
Total votes 9,375,943 100.00
[5]

Proposition 27

This is a citizen-initiated constitutional amendment that would repeal Proposition 11, which established the Citizens Redistricting Commission.
Proposition 27
Choice Votes %
Referendum failed No 5,457,940 59.4
Yes 3,729,612 40.6
Total votes 9,187,552 100.00
[5]

See also

References

  1. ^ "November 2, 2010, General Election". California Secretary of State's office. Retrieved December 13, 2010. 
  2. ^ http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/sov/2010-general/58-united-states-representative.pdf
  3. ^ "Qualified Statewide Ballot Measures". California Attorney General's office. Retrieved 2010-06-25. 
  4. ^ "Another Schwarzenegger Idea Runs Dry". Reason. Retrieved 2010-08-10. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i http://vote.sos.ca.gov/returns/ballot-measures/
  6. ^ Prop. 21 would let motorists visit state parks for free

External links

  • California Elections and Voter Information from the California Secretary of State
  • Candidates for California State Offices at Project Vote Smart
  • California Polls at Pollster.com
  • California at Rasmussen Reports
  • California Congressional Races in 2010 campaign finance data from OpenSecrets.org
  • California 2010 campaign finance data from Follow the Money
  • Elections 2010 at the San Jose Mercury News
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