Senator

The winner of this race will be one of two senators representing California in the U.S. Senate. The race will actually appear twice on voters’ ballots: once to fill the remainder of Padilla’s appointed term, from when the election is certified until January, and again for a full term beginning in January and running through January of 2029.

Top candidate wins six-year term ending January 2029.

Alex Padilla (D)(incumbent)61%
6,603,348 votes
Mark Meuser (R)38.9%
4,205,776 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.

Candidates

Mark Meuser
Constitutional Attorney
REPUBLICAN
Alex Padilla
Appointed United States Senator
DEMOCRAT

Top Priorities

Meuser wants to:

  • Cut government spending and limit government overreach.
  • Increase domestic oil-and-gas production, build new nuclear power plants, streamline infrastructure projects including new water storage.
  • Link school spending to curriculum transparency; harden schools to include armed officers.

Padilla wants to:

  • Defend democracy and the right to vote.
  • Protect the environment.
  • Increase access to health care.
 

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.

Health Care

What role do you think the government should play in health care policy?

Meuser opposes the Affordable Care Act and believes the government should stay out of health care insurance regulation.

Padilla supports Medicare for All and co-sponsored legislation to create a national health care program.

Climate Change

What will you do to combat climate change and its impact on California?

Meuser is calling for improved management of federal forests to lower the risk of severe fires. He says the federal government should avoid mandates and instead support private sector solutions to aid the environment. 

Padilla supports the Green New Deal and “bold climate action” to guarantee access to clean air and water. He helped secure $4 billion for drought relief in the Inflation Reduction Act, which will pay farmers to use less water. 

COVID-19

What actions did you take in response to the COVID-19 pandemic?

Meuser opposed California’s COVID-19 restrictions and represented plaintiffs in multiple lawsuits against the state challenging those restrictions.

Padilla has touted his vote for the American Rescue Plan, which included billions of dollars for local governments to spend on COVID-19 relief, vaccine distribution and rental assistance.

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 5:45 PM PT on Oct 27, 2022
Source: Federal Election Commission

Mark Meuser

$834.7k

Alex Padilla

$11.6m
 

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U.S. Senate (Full Term)


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%
6,603,348 votes
Mark Meuser (R)38.9%
4,205,776 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.

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6,452,429 votes
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4,445,494 votes
Race called at 8:00 PM PT on November 8, 2022
98.82% of votes countedAssociated Press
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6,322,228 votes
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5,920,027 votes
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4,771,789 votes
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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.