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California elections, June 2012

The California state elections, June 2012 were held on June 5, 2012 and included two propositions, primary elections for each party's nominee for President, and primary elections to determine the top-two candidates for California's Class I seat to the United States Senate, all of California's seats to the House of Representatives, all of the seats of the State Assembly, and all odd-numbered seats of the State Senate, who will compete against each other in a run-off on November 6, 2012.

This was the first election with California's newly implemented nonpartisan blanket primary in effect, pursuant to Proposition 14, which passed with 53% voter approval in June 2010. Additionally, in November 2010, voters approved Proposition 20, which authorized a 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, taking away that job from the California state legislature. This was the first election which used the Citizens Redistricting Commission's maps.


  • Primary elections 1
    • President of the United States 1.1
      • Republican primary 1.1.1
    • United States Senate 1.2
    • United States House of Representatives 1.3
    • State Senate 1.4
    • State Assembly 1.5
  • Propositions 2
    • Proposition 28 2.1
    • Proposition 29 2.2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Primary elections

President of the United States

Incumbent President Barack Obama ran unopposed on the Democratic primary ballot. Governor Mitt Romney and Rep. Ron Paul competed in the Republican primary.

Republican primary

Results by county. Mitt Romney won all of California's 58 counties.
California Republican primary, 2012[1]
Candidate Votes Percentage Delegates
Mitt Romney 1,151,197 79.6% 169
Ron Paul 147,893 10.2% 0
Rick Santorum 75,802 5.2% 0
Newt Gingrich 55,458 3.8% 0
Buddy Roemer 9,714 0.7% 0
Fred Karger 6,481 0.4% 0
Unpledged delegates: 3
Total: 1,446,545 100% 172
Key: Withdrew prior to contest

United States Senate

Results by county. Dianne Feinstein won all of California's 58 counties.
Open Primary Results[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Dianne Feinstein (Incumbent) 1,801,422 49.3
Republican Elizabeth Emken 454,937 12.5
Republican Dan Hughes 243,934 6.7
Republican Rick Williams 120,931 3.3
Republican Orly Taitz 113,563 3.1
Republican Dennis Jackson 107,097 2.9
Republican Greg Conlon 100,432 2.8
Republican Al Ramirez 82,663 2.3
Libertarian Gail Lightfoot 76,130 2.1
Democratic Diane Stewart 74,358 2.0
Other Others 475,150 13.0
Total votes 3,650,617 100

United States House of Representatives

State Senate

State Assembly


100% ( 21,993 of 21,993 ) precincts partially or fully reporting as of June 22, 2012, 4:49 p.m

Proposition 28

Results by county.
Proposition 28 is an initiative constitutional amendment that would change California state legislature term limits from a limit of 8 years for the Senate and 6 years for the Assembly, to a limit of 12 years on combined service.
Limits on Legislators' Terms in Office[3]
Choice Votes %
Referendum passed Yes 3,001,137 61.0
No 1,915,154 39.0
Total votes 4,916,291 100.00
Registered voters and turnout 23,713,027 20.7

Proposition 29

Results by county.
Proposition 29 is an initiative statute that would add a $1 tax on cigarettes to fund cancer research.
Tax on Cigarettes for Cancer Research[4]
Choice Votes %
Referendum failed No 2,553,137 50.3
Yes 2,523,572 49.7
Total votes 5,025,120 100.00
Registered voters and turnout 23,713,027 21.2


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External links

  • California Elections and Voter Information
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