2022 California Primary Live Results
California holds all-party primaries, where the top two finishers, regardless of party, advance to the general election.
There are also a few special elections in the state that we are following. The results are available here; the most interesting is the race to fill the vacancy in California's 22nd congressional district.
For those in San Francisco, there's a recall election of District Attorney Chesa Boudin. Lastly, there's a mayoral primary in Los Angeles. Use the links in the preceding sentences for those results.
Appointed in January, 2021 to fill the seat vacated by Vice-President Kamala Harris, Democrat Alex Padilla is seeking his first full term. He is expected to lead this primary; with over 20 candidates on the ballot it remains to be seen who takes the second spot. We'll note that Attorney Mark Meuser has the endorsement of the state GOP.
Padilla is on the ballot twice Tuesday, as there is a separate special election to complete the current term. The top two finishers will advance to November, with the winner serving in the lame duck session. Results here >>.
Having survived a 2021 recall election, Democrat Gavin Newsom appears well positioned to win a second term. As in the U.S. Senate race, there are over 20 candidates on this ballot. Newsom is expected to finish first; it remains to be seen who he will face in November. We'll note that State Sen. Brian Dahle has the endorsement of the state GOP.
These primaries will be conducted using redistricted boundaries. The state has lost a district for the first time in its history.
After the notable primaries discussed below, there is a single results table that includes all of the state's 52 congressional districts. Use the associated drop-down list to change the active district in the table.
The table below includes 16 contests that are most of interest, with results of each immediately below. In addition to seeing how the storylines play out, the aggregate party vote split in each of these primaries is worth watching as a potential leading indicator of the November elections.
The ratings displayed are current consensus ratings for the general election.
||Open after redistricting. Likely Republican
||Democratic Rep. Josh Harder (current CA-13) running here after redistricting. Likely Democratic
||Open seat as Democrat Josh Harder is running in District 9. Leans Democratic
||Safe Democratic seat is open as long-time Democratic Rep. Jackie Speier is retiring. Two Democrats may advance to the general election.
||Democrat Jim Costa (current CA-16) running here after redistricting. Likely Democratic
||One of three districts currently rated Toss-up for the general election. Republican David Valadao (current CA-21) is seeking a second term. He faces a credible intraparty challenge from Chris Mathys. The national GOP has gotten involved, both here and with a similar situation in CA-40, concerned that if either of these challengers advance, the seat is more at risk in November.
||Democrat Raul Ruiz (current CA-36) running here after redistricting. He is joined by six Republicans on the primary ballot. Likely Democratic
||Democratic Rep. Julia Brownley is seeking a 6th term. Cook Political's David Wasserman has highlighted this district, saying that if it actually ends up in play, Democrats are on track to lose 40 or more seats. Likely Democratic.
||One of three districts currently rated Toss-up for the general election. Democrat Mike Garcia (current CA-25) is seeking a 3rd term.
||Safe Democratic seat in Los Angeles is open as long-time Democratic Rep. Karen Bass is running for mayor. Two Democrats may advance to the general election.
||Republican Young Kim (current CA-39) is seeking a 2nd term. Kim faces an intraparty challenger in Greg Raths. See CA-22 for more details. Likely Republican
||Republican Ken Calvert (current CA-42) is seeking a 16th term. Likely Republican
||Open after redistricting as both Democrats that might have chosen to run here (Alan Lowenthal, Lucille Roybal-Allard) are retiring. Safe Democratic
||One of three districts currently rated Toss-up for the general election. Republican Michelle Steel (current CA-48) is seeking a second term
||Democrat Katie Porter (current CA-45) is seeking a 3rd term. Leans Democratic
||Democrat Mike Levin is seeking a 3rd term. Leans Democratic
Controlling 31 of 40 seats, Democrats hold a dominant position in the California State Senate. Members serve four-year staggered terms; the evenly-numbered districts are up for election this year.
Democrats hold a 58-19 edge in the California State Assembly. There is one independent, and two open seats. Those vacancies will be filled in separate special elections Tuesday. Members serve two-year terms.