Attorney General

Amid rising voter concern about crime, Democratic Attorney General Rob Bonta runs for his first full term against Republican Nathan Hochman, a Los Angeles-based defense attorney and former federal prosecutor.

Top candidate wins seat.

Rob Bonta (D)(incumbent)59.1%
6,322,229 votes
Nathan Hochman (R)40.8%
4,373,272 votes
Race called at 5:27 PM PT on November 9, 2022
98.8% of votes countedAssociated Press
This percentage is an Associated Press estimate of how much of the vote in an election has been counted. It is informed by turnout in recent elections, details on votes cast in advance and – after polls close – early returns. The estimate may fluctuate as election officials report additional results and AP learns more about how many voters have cast a ballot.

Candidates

Rob Bonta
Appointed Attorney General of the State of California
DEMOCRAT
Nathan Hochman
General Counsel
REPUBLICAN

Top Priorities

Bonta wants to:

  • Hold people who break the law — “especially those in positions of power” — accountable.
  • Stop gun violence.
  • Fight hate and protect civil rights.

Hochman wants to:

  • Get fentanyl off the streets and bring fentanyl dealers and traffickers to justice.
  • Decrease violent crime.
  • Reduce homelessness.
 

Positions on Key Issues
Candidate summaries are based on interviews with the candidates, statements made at debates and public events and past news coverage.
Candidate summaries are based on interviews with the candidates, statements made at debates and public events and past news coverage.

Abortion

Will you protect California’s laws on abortion access and other civil rights?

Bonta is a staunch defender of abortion rights and other civil rights. 

Hochman supports abortion rights and same-sex marriage.

Criminal Justice

Where do you stand on California’s statewide criminal justice reforms?

Bonta supports criminal justice reforms, including Proposition 47, which lowered penalties for some low-level drug and property crimes, and Proposition 57, which expanded credits and opportunities for parole for inmates convicted of crimes that are considered nonviolent. 

Hochman opposes criminal justice reforms including Proposition 47 and Proposition 57. 

Homelessness

What will you do to combat the state’s housing and homelessness crises?

Bonta supports enforcing housing laws against cities and counties that don’t meet construction requirements under state law.

Hochman supports coordinating law enforcement and social service agencies to combat homelessness, along with allowing court-mandated treatment for drug and alcohol addiction and for severe mental health issues.

Key Supporters
This list represents notable organizations and officials who have taken a position on the ballot measure, or who are funding the campaigns in support or in opposition. This list is not exhaustive, and may be updated.
This list represents notable organizations and officials who have taken a position on the ballot measure, or who are funding the campaigns in support or in opposition. This list is not exhaustive, and may be updated.

Fundraising
Campaign finance data comes from the California Secretary of State’s office and our partners at Voter’s Edge.
Campaign finance data comes from the California Secretary of State’s office and our partners at Voter’s Edge.

Updated at 5:00 PM PT on Oct 27, 2022
Source: California Secretary of State

Rob Bonta

$6.8m

Nathan Hochman

$3.8m
 

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Democratic Senator Alex Padilla and Republican lawyer Mark Meuser will face each other twice on the ballot for one of California’s two U.S. Senate seats: once to fill the remainder of the term that Padilla was appointed to in 2020 and also for a new six-year term beginning in January.

Top candidate wins six-year term ending January 2029.

Alex Padilla (D)(incumbent)61%
6,603,349 votes
Mark Meuser (R)38.9%
4,205,777 votes
Race called at 8:00 PM PT on November 8, 2022
98.79% of votes countedAssociated Press
This percentage is an Associated Press estimate of how much of the vote in an election has been counted. It is informed by turnout in recent elections, details on votes cast in advance and – after polls close – early returns. The estimate may fluctuate as election officials report additional results and AP learns more about how many voters have cast a ballot.

Governor


A year after trouncing a recall attempt, Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom runs for a second term in the state’s top seat, against Republican State Senator Brian Dahle, who represents northeastern California.

Top candidate wins seat.

Gavin Newsom (D)(incumbent)59.2%
6,452,430 votes
Brian Dahle (R)40.7%
4,445,495 votes
Race called at 8:00 PM PT on November 8, 2022
98.82% of votes countedAssociated Press
This percentage is an Associated Press estimate of how much of the vote in an election has been counted. It is informed by turnout in recent elections, details on votes cast in advance and – after polls close – early returns. The estimate may fluctuate as election officials report additional results and AP learns more about how many voters have cast a ballot.

Controller


Republicans see their best chance at winning a statewide office in more than a decade, as GOP policy advisor Lanhee Chen faces Democratic Board of Equalization member Malia Cohen to serve as California's chief fiscal officer.

Top candidate wins seat.

Malia Cohen (D)55.3%
5,920,028 votes
Lanhee Chen (R)44.6%
4,771,790 votes
Race called at 4:52 PM PT on November 15, 2022
98.81% of votes countedAssociated Press
This percentage is an Associated Press estimate of how much of the vote in an election has been counted. It is informed by turnout in recent elections, details on votes cast in advance and – after polls close – early returns. The estimate may fluctuate as election officials report additional results and AP learns more about how many voters have cast a ballot.