California's 12th congressional district special election, 2008


California's 12th congressional district special election, 2008

California's 12th congressional district special election, 2008 occurred on April 8, 2008. California's 12th congressional district was vacated following the death of Tom Lantos on February 11, 2008. [cite news |first=Jackie |last=Kucinich |title=Lantos dies of cancer|url=http://thehill.com/leading-the-news/lantos-dies-of-cancer-2008-02-11.html |date=2008-02-11 |accessdate=2008-02-26 |publisher="The Hill"] The special election was called by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to fill the vacancy for the remainder of Lantos's term ending on January 3, 2009. [cite web|url=http://www.gov.ca.gov/index.php?/press-release/8759/ |title=Governor Schwarzenegger Orders Proclamation for Special Election to Fill Vacancy in 12th Congressional District |date=2008-02-12 |accessdate=2008-03-21 |publisher=California Secretary of State] The special election took the form of an open primary. Another election would have taken place on June 3 had no candidate received a majority. [cite web|url=http://shapethefuture.org/elections/april2008/default.asp |title=Election Information for San Mateo County: Special Congressional Open Primary Election |accessdate=2008-03-21 |publisher=San Mateo County Elections Office]

Democrat Jackie Speier won a majority of the votes on in the open primary and therefore won the election.

Candidates

The following individuals appeared in the certified list of candidates and the certified list of write-in candidates published by the California Secretary of State, and were thus eligible to receive votes in the special primary election. [cite web |url=http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/Special/cd12/cert_list.pdf |title=Certified List of Candidates for the Special Primary Election, Twelfth Congressional District, April 8, 2008 |date=2008-03-03 |accessdate=2008-06-09 |format=PDF |publisher=California Secretary of State] [cite web |url=http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/Special/cd12/cert_list_write_ins_cd12.pdf |title=Certified List of Write-In Candidates for the Special Primary Election, Twelfth Congressional District, April 8, 2008 |date=2008-03-25 |accessdate=2008-06-09 |format=PDF |publisher=California Secretary of State]

Green

* Barry Hermanson, an equity lawyer

Democratic

* Michelle T. McMurry, a health policy director
* Jackie Speier, a former State Senator who was endorsed by Lantos as his successor [cite web |first=John |last=Wildermuth |coauthor=Carolyn Lochhead |url=http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/02/12/MNDGV0KF8.DTL |title=Speier looks to be shoo-in to replace Lantos |date=2008-02-12 |accessdate=2008-02-26 |publisher="San Francisco Chronicle"]

Libertarian

* Kevin Peterson, a write-in candidate

Republican

* Robert "Rock" Brickell-Viagra, a write-in candidate
* Greg Conlon, a businessman and former member of the California Public Utilities Commission
* Mike Moloney, a retired businessman who ran for the seat in 2002 and 2006

Results

Election box winning candidate with party link no change
party = Democratic Party (United States)
candidate = Jackie Speier
votes = 66,279
percentage = 76.90
Election box candidate with party link no change
party = Republican Party (United States)
candidate = Greg Conlon
votes = 7,990
percentage = 9.27
Election box candidate with party link no change
party = Democratic Party (United States)
candidate = Michelle McMurry
votes = 4,546
percentage = 5.27
Election box candidate with party link no change
party = Republican Party (United States)
candidate = Mike Moloney
votes = 4,517
percentage = 5.24
Election box candidate with party link no change
party = Green Party (United States)
candidate = Barry Hermanson
votes = 1,947
percentage = 2.26
Election box candidate with party link no change
party = Libertarian Party (United States)
candidate = Kevin Peterson (write-in)
votes = 2
percentage = 0.00
Election box candidate with party link no change
party = Republican Party (United States)
candidate = Robert Brickell-Viagra (write-in)
votes = 0
percentage = 0.00
Election box invalid no change
votes = 903
percentage = 1.05
Election box total no change
votes = 86,184
percentage = 100.00
Election box turnout no change
percentage = 25.69
Election box hold with party link without swing
winner = Democratic Party (United States)

References

External links

* [http://www.gregconlonforcongress.com/ Greg Conlon's campaign]
* [http://www.barryhermanson.org/ Barry Hermanson's campaign]
* [http://www.mcmurry2008.com/ Michelle McMurry's campaign]
* [http://mikemoloney4congress.com/ Mike Moloney's campaign]
* [http://www.jackieforcongress.com/ Jackie Speier's campaign]


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