2022 United States Senate election in California

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Incumbent U.S. senator

Alex Padilla

The 2022 United States Senate elections in California will be held on November 8, 2022, to elect a member of the United States Senate to represent the State of California. There will be two ballot items for the same seat: a general election, to fill the Class 3 seat, beginning with the 118th United States Congress beginning on January 3, 2023; and a special election, to fill that seat for the final weeks of the 117th Congress. Democrat Alex Padilla was appointed to fill the vacancy created by Kamala Harris's election to the vice presidency, and he is seeking a full term.[1][2] A jungle primary for each of the terms will take place on June 7.[3] The top two vote-getters in each primary election, regardless of party, will advance to the special and regular general elections in November.

Kamala Harris, who was elected in 2016, resigned her seat on January 18, 2021, after she was elected Vice President of the United States in 2020 alongside Joe Biden.[4] Governor Gavin Newsom had the power to select her successor, and appointed California Secretary of State Alex Padilla to succeed her.


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Primary election


Incumbent Senator Alex Padilla was appointed to the job in January 2021 following Kamala Harris's election to the office of Vice President of the United States.[37] Following his appointment, Padilla quickly began to focus on his 2022 re-election campaign, as the fact that he was not been elected to the position means that he has a relatively low profile.[8] Padilla's re-election strategy focuses on advocating for progressive policies and building ties with left-wing organizations that have a poor relationship with California's other Senator, Dianne Feinstein.[8][38] The potential Democratic opponent to Padilla considered most likely to join the race was U.S. Representative Ro Khanna, a staunchly left-wing Democrat who rose to prominence as the co-chair of the Bernie Sanders 2020 presidential campaign, and who had a loyal base of support from California's Asian-American and Pacific Islander communities.[8][9] On August 9, 2021, Khanna announced that he would be endorsing Padilla for re-election, which was viewed as likely ending any possibility that Padilla would face a serious Democratic opponent.[39] It was noted by the San Francisco Chronicle that it is considered unlikely that Padilla will face any serious Republican opponent, as California's heavily Democratic lean has caused potentially strong candidates, such as U.S. Representatives Mike Garcia and Young Kim, to prefer to remain in their positions rather than launch a long-shot Senate run.[15]

General election


Source Ranking As of
The Cook Political Report[40] Solid D November 19, 2021
Inside Elections[41] Solid D January 7, 2022
Sabato's Crystal Ball[42] Safe D November 3, 2021
RCP[43] Safe D January 10, 2022

See also


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  1. ^ Wilson, Reid (September 28, 2021). "California rule change means Padilla faces extra election". The Hill. Archived from the original on September 28, 2021. Retrieved September 28, 2021.
  2. ^ Willon, Phil; McGreevy, Patrick (December 22, 2020). "Alex Padilla becomes California's first Latino U.S. senator, replacing Kamala Harris". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 22, 2020.
  3. ^ "Statewide Direct Primary Election - June 7, 2022". California Secretary of State. Retrieved September 28, 2021.
  4. ^ "Kamala Harris to resign Senate seat Monday". CNN Politics. CNN. January 17, 2021. Retrieved January 18, 2021.
  5. ^ "Former Inglewood councilman gears up for 2022 Senate race". 2UrbanGirls. November 9, 2020. Retrieved November 14, 2020.
  6. ^ "Alex Padilla and Shirley Weber will run in 2022. They'll likely have challengers". SF Gate. December 23, 2020.
  7. ^ "Pierce 2022". Retrieved November 12, 2021.
  8. ^ a b c d Haberkorn, Jennifer (May 3, 2021). "Sen. Alex Padilla, just months into the job, has a year and a half to convince voters he should keep it". Los Angeles Times.
  9. ^ a b c Marinucci, Carla (August 9, 2021). "Khanna won't challenge Padilla for Senate, ends intraparty threat from left". Politico. Retrieved August 9, 2021.
  10. ^ "FILING FEC-1472433". fec.gov. November 17, 2020. Retrieved November 17, 2020.
  11. ^ "Mark Meuser".
  12. ^ "Bobby for California". Lucero for Senate.
  13. ^ "DRCORDIE4SENATE - committee overview". FEC.gov.
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  16. ^ "FILING FEC-1503114". fec.gov. March 8, 2021. Retrieved March 8, 2021.
  17. ^ Miller, Thaddeus (March 8, 2021). "Fresno native to challenge for a U.S. Senate seat, blasts Newsom. Can she win?". Fresno Bee.
  18. ^ Taub, David (December 17, 2021). "Heng Enters House Race Even as the Lines Keep Changing". www.gvwire.com. Retrieved December 18, 2021.
  19. ^ "Rep. Mike Garcia's voting record: Will it be an obstacle to reelection?". Los Angeles Times. July 5, 2021.
  20. ^ "Who's already running for Congress in Orange County in 2022?". Orange County Register. February 3, 2021. Retrieved March 8, 2021.
  21. ^ Staggs, Brooke (April 19, 2021). "Katie Porter raises more in first quarter than all other Orange County reps combined". The Orange County Register. Retrieved April 29, 2021.
  22. ^ "James Henry Conn". Ballotpedia. Retrieved October 9, 2021.
  23. ^ "James Conn for Senate 2022". James Conn. Retrieved October 11, 2021.
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  26. ^ a b c d e f g h Marinucci, Carla. "NEWSOM declares drought emergency — CAITLYN JENNER's spotty voting record — Quake nightmare: the HOLLYWOOD FAULT — PELOSI's Floyd speech slammed". Politico.
  27. ^ a b c "Alex Padilla Endorsements". alex-padilla.com. Retrieved May 9, 2021.
  28. ^ a b "LCV Action Fund and California League of Conservation Voters Endorse Senator Alex Padilla for Re-Election". LCV. June 10, 2021.
  29. ^ "Sen. Padilla launches 2022 Senate campaign". KTXL. April 20, 2021.
  30. ^ "Election Center". eqca.org.
  31. ^ "Giffords Endorses Alex Padilla for Senate at Gun Violence Memorial in Los Angeles". www.giffords.org. October 19, 2021. Retrieved November 24, 2021.
  32. ^ "Jewish Dems Start 2022 Election Cycle With First Slate of Endorsements". www.jewishdems.org. November 30, 2021. Retrieved December 11, 2021.
  33. ^ "National Nurses United Endorses Alex Padilla for U.S. Senate". National Nurses United. June 16, 2021.
  34. ^ "Press Release: SEIU Members Endorse Padilla, Kounalakis To Keep Leading On Issues Important To California's Workers". www.seiuca.org. November 10, 2021. Retrieved November 24, 2021.
  35. ^ "Sierra Club Voter Guide: Endorsements". Sierra Club #ClimateVoter Guide. March 19, 2021.
  36. ^ @UFWupdates (November 18, 2021). "Sí se puede! United Farm Workers proudly endorses Sen. Alex Padilla's 2022 election campaign. @AlexPadilla4CA has always been a staunch advocate for farm workers in California and has been a tireless champion for our cause in D.C." (Tweet). Retrieved November 24, 2021 – via Twitter.
  37. ^ Deruy, Emily (January 18, 2021). "Alex Padilla: 5 things to know about California's new senator". Mercury News. Retrieved August 10, 2021.
  38. ^ Garofoli, Joe (June 16, 2021). "Progressives fed up with Feinstein, want her to resign now". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved August 10, 2021.
  39. ^ Garofoli, Joe (August 9, 2021). "Khanna considered challenging Padilla, but now he's endorsing him for Senate". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved August 9, 2021.
  40. ^ "2022 Senate Race ratings". The Cook Political Report. Retrieved January 14, 2021.
  41. ^ "Senate ratings". Inside Elections. Retrieved January 18, 2021.
  42. ^ "2022 Senate". Sabato's Crystal Ball. Retrieved January 28, 2021.
  43. ^ "Battle for the Senate 2022". RCP. January 10, 2022.
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