CALIFORNIA (KTXL) — Alex Padilla has been elected to the United States Senate, Associated Press projects.
This means that Padilla has won a full term as a United States senator, having been appointed by the governor of California to serve the remainder of the current term.
Padilla ran against Republican Mark Meuser.
Since Padilla was appointed for the remainder of the term following Kamala Harris’s election to the post of Vice President, the people of California had to vote to confirm the post to the office.
There are two races for United States Senator on the ballot. One is for the remainder of the current term, which ends on January 3, 2023. The winner of this partial term will be sworn in immediately after election day and serve the remainder of the current term.
The second competition is for the entire period starting from January 2023 and continuing till 2029.
During the June primary, a total of 23 candidates ran for full terms, but there were only eight candidates in the special election for the November–January period. Padilla and Meuser received the most votes in both primary contests.
In the primary contest of the entire legislature, Meuser had about 15% of the vote, about 1 million votes, and Padilla 54.1% of the vote, about 3.8 million votes. In a partial mandate contest, Meuser received 22.1% of the vote, approximately 1.5 million votes. Padilla again received a majority with 3.7 million votes, 55%.
This is not the first time Meuser has run for office and faced Padilla in the election. Meuser lost to Padilla for secretary of state in 2018 and was also unsuccessful in his run for the state Senate in 2012.