2018 California Secretary of State election

California Secretary of State Election, 2018

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Nominee Alex Padilla Mark Meuser
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 7,909,521 4,362,545
Percentage 64.5% 35.5%

California Secretary of State Election Results by County, 2018.svg
County Results
Padilla:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%      80–90%
Meuser:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%

Secretary of State before election

Alex Padilla
Democratic

Elected Secretary of State

Alex Padilla
Democratic

The 2018 California Secretary of State election was held on November 6, 2018, to elect the California Secretary of State. Incumbent Democratic Secretary Alex Padilla won re-election to a second term.

Primary election[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Democratic Party[edit]

Declared[edit]

Republican Party[edit]

Declared[edit]
  • Mark P. Meuser, election law attorney[3]
  • Raul Rodriguez Jr., warehousing employee

Green Party[edit]

Declared[edit]
  • Michael Feinstein, former mayor of Santa Monica, Electoral Reform Consultant[4]
  • Erik Rydberg, electoral reform advocate, Community Organizer

Libertarian Party[edit]

  • Gail Lightfoot, retired nurse

Peace and Freedom Party[edit]

Declared[edit]
  • C.T. Weber, retired government analyst

Endorsements[edit]

Mike Feinstein (G)
Local-level officials
Organizations
  • Our Revolution East Bay
  • Our Revolution Contra Costa
  • SF Berniecrats
Individuals
  • Joe Mathews, syndicated columnist
  • Terry O'Day, Vice President of EVgo
  • Lewis Perkins, CEO at Comprehensive Financial Solutions, Inc
  • Grace Aaron, Vice President of Social Uplift Foundation
  • Sam Hall Kaplan, writer
  • Jason Islas, public affairs at Bird
  • Wendy Girard, actress
  • Rosemary Regalbuto, President -- Meals on Wheels West
  • Paul Kawika Martin, senior policy and political director of Helping NGOs and Congress Strategically Change Foreign Policy
  • Mark Stout, vice president Project Development at Amber Kinetics Inc.
  • Marlene Wells, Green Party of Canada organizer
Ruben Major (D)
State-level officials
Local-level officials
Organizations
  • Progressive Democrats of America
  • Resistance SF
  • Justice Party of California
  • Mira Costa College Democrats
  • Revolution LA
  • Pasadena Foothills Democratic Club
  • San Francisco 4 Democracy PAC
  • Our Revolution Humboldt (formerly Courageous Resistance of Humboldt)
  • North County San Diego Progressive Democrats
  • Our Revolution Long Beach
  • Our Revolution West Marin
  • Indian Rock Our Revolution
  • Indivisible El Cerrito, El Cerrito, CA
  • San Diego Progressive Democratic Club
  • Democratic Socialists of America San Diego
  • Justice Party of California
  • Yolo County Progressives
Media
  • San Leandro Talk
  • OB (Ocean Beach) Rag
  • San Diego Free Press
Individuals
  • Ahmad Fayız Nawabi, Assembly Delegate, District 71
  • Alec Bash, Democracy for America
  • Aleita Huguenin, Former DNC Chair Western States Caucus, Assembly Delegate, District 8
  • Alexis Edelstein, Assembly Delegate, District 62
  • Allison Groves, DSCC Supervisorial District Delegate, Assembly District 35
  • Amarnath Ravva, Assembly Delegate, District 51
  • Andrea Smith, Previous Secretary of External Affairs, Cal Poly Pomona Associated Students Inc.
  • Anthony Alexander, Assembly Delegate, District 25
  • Antonio Robles, Assembly Delegate, District 76
  • Atem Koul, Assembly Delegate, District 59
  • Barbara Mead, Assembly District 76 Delegate
  • Brian Fox, Original Author of GNU Shell
  • Carolyn Fowler, Assembly Delegate, District 62
  • Chinyere Nnodim Jack, Assembly Delegate, District 21
  • Chris Barrosso, Electrical Engineer, Evolved Wireless, Inc., Assembly Delegate District 76
  • Dan Mulherin, Assembly Delegate, District 70
  • Dan Wood, Assembly Delegate, District 18
  • David DeBus, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, Assembly Delegate, District 77
  • Dr. Bill Honigman, Assembly Delegate, District 73, California State Coordinator, Progressive Democrats of America
  • Hene Kelly, disability rights advocate
  • Jeff Hayden, char of The California State Bar, Board of Legal Specialization
Mark P. Meuser (R)
State-level officials
Individuals
  • Pete Peterson, 2014 Candidate for Secretary of State
Organizations

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Newspapers

Results[edit]

Results by county:
Nonpartisan blanket primary results[7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Alex Padilla (incumbent) 3,475,633 52.6
Republican Mark P. Meuser 2,047,903 31.0
Democratic Ruben Major 355,036 5.4
Republican Raul Rodriguez Jr. 330,460 5.0
Libertarian Gail Lightfoot 155,879 2.4
Green Michael Feinstein 136,725 2.1
Peace and Freedom C.T. Weber 61,375 0.9
Green Erik Rydberg 48,705 0.7
Total votes 6,611,716 100.0

General election[edit]

Governing magazine projected the race as "safe Democratic".[8]

Results[edit]

California Secretary of State election, 2018[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Alex Padilla (incumbent) 7,909,521 64.45% +10.82%
Republican Mark P. Meuser 4,362,545 35.55% -10.82%
Total votes 12,272,066 100.0% N/A
Democratic hold

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://alex-padilla.com/
  2. ^ http://www.rubenmajor.com/
  3. ^ http://www.capoliticalreview.com/capoliticalnewsandviews/mark-meuser-secretary-of-state-for-honest-elections
  4. ^ https://feinstein4sos.org/issues/
  5. ^ "Endorsements". Meuser for Secretary of State 2018.
  6. ^ "OUR ENDORSEMENTS". Santa Barbara News-Press. October 30, 2018. Retrieved November 2, 2018.
  7. ^ "Statement of Vote" (PDF). California Secretary of State. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  8. ^ Jacobson, Louis (4 June 2018). "Secretary of State Races Are More Competitive and Important Than Ever". Governing. Retrieved 22 September 2019.
  9. ^ "Secretary of State - Statewide Results". California Secretary of State. Archived from the original on November 29, 2018. Retrieved November 30, 2018.

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