Coinciding with the California statewide primary, several special elections are being held Tuesday. Separately, is a State Senate special primary in Montana. We've included an overview at the bottom of this page.
California polls close at 11:00 PM Eastern Time.
California U.S. Senate (Primary)
Incumbent Alex Padilla (D) was appointed by Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) in January 2021, after Kamala Harris (D) resigned to become Vice-President. However, under a new law, Padilla cannot complete Harris' term as an appointed Senator. As a result, there are two primary elections for Senate on Tuesday's ballot. The regular one for the six-year term beginning in January, 2023, and a special primary for the lame duck session after the November elections. You can see the results for both on our overview page for all of Tuesday's primaries.
The top two finishers will advance to the November special election.
California U.S. House District 22
This election is to fill the vacancy created when Republican Devin Nunes resigned at the end of last year. No candidate received a majority in the April 5 primary, so the top two finishers meet Tuesday. Republican Connie Conway, with 35% of the vote, finished first in the six-person primary field. Democrat Lourin Hubbard received 19%. Regardless of who wins - Conway is favored - that person will only be in Congress until the end of the year. Neither of these candidates is on the primary ballot in any district for a full term.
California State Assembly
Democrats hold a large majority in the California State Assembly. The party controls 58 seats, alongside 19 Republicans and one independent. Members serve two-year terms. The next regularly scheduled elections will be in November. Primaries for those seats, contested using redistricted boundaries, are part of Tuesday's statewide primary.
Tuesday's special elections will fill the chamber's two vacancies. Polls close at 11:00 PM Eastern Time.
District 62: This coastal Southern California district includes Inglewood and Los Angeles International Airport. Democrat Autumn Burke resigned earlier this year. Four Democrats made up the April 5 all-party primary, with Tina McKinnor (39% of the vote) and Robert Pullen-Miles (35%) advancing.
District 80: This district runs from the Mexico border to San Diego. Democrat Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher resigned in January. There were two Democrats and one Republican on the April 5 all-party primary ballot. Both Democrats advanced, with Georgette Gomez and David Alvarez both getting 38% of the vote (Gomez finished first by 168 votes). This race has drawn some outsized interest as the candidates represent two factions of the state's Democratic politics.
Montana State Senate (Primaries)
Republicans hold 31 of 50 seats in the Montana State Senate. There are 18 Democrats. Members serve four-year, staggered terms, with 25 of the seats up for election this year. Primaries for those seats, contested using redistricted boundaries, are part of Tuesday's statewide primary.
District 15 is located in the central part of the state. Republican Ryan Osmundson resigned in September, 2021, to take a job with Gov. Greg Gianforte (R). Dan Bartel (R), then a State Representative, was appointed to the seat in November to serve through the special election.
These primaries are contested; Bartel and Democrat Cindy Palmer will advance to the November 8 special election.
Polls close at 10:00 PM Eastern Time.