Results in the five California State Senate primaries with the most candidate fundraising

Primary elections for 20 of 40 seats in the California State Senate took place on June 7, 2022. All 20 of the seats up for election in 2022 had a primary with more than one candidate.

Across all contested primary elections, candidates raised $19.2 million. Incumbents raised an average of $659,702 per candidate and challengers raised an average of $196,830 per candidate.

Five primary elections with the most fundraising

The table below details the five primary elections with the most fundraising in the State Senate. Winning candidates’ names are in bold.

DistrictMoney RaisedOfficeholderCandidates
District 8$2,162,863Andreas Borgeas (R)Dave JonesAngelique Ashby, Rafa Garcia, and Susan Mason
District 6$2,142,194Richard Pan (D)Paula Marie VillescazRoger Niello, Michael Huang, Eric Guerra, Tecoy Porter, and Matt Burgess
District 38$1,429,544Brian Jones (R)Matt GundersonCatherine Blakespear, and Joe Kerr
District 10$1,379,144Bob Wieckowski (D)Lily MeiAisha Wahab, Paul Pimentel, Jamal Khan, Raymond Liu, Jim Canova, and Jaime Zepeda
District 30$1,338,990Sydney Kamlager (D)Bob ArchuletaMitch Clemmons, Martha Camacho-Rodriguez, and Henry Bouchot

#1 District 8 – $2,162,863

Dave Jones raised $1,348,713, Angelique Ashby raised $793,756, Rafa Garcia raised $20,394, and Susan Mason raised $0.

Dave Jones advanced with 46 percent of the vote, Angelique Ashby advanced with 41 percent of the vote, Rafa Garcia received 13 percent of the vote, and Susan Mason received 0 percent of the vote.

#2 District 6 – $2,142,194

Eric Guerra raised $1,302,099, Roger Niello raised $421,575, Paula Marie Villescaz raised $236,141, Tecoy Porter raised $122,828, Michael Huang raised $32,627, and Matt Burgess raised $26,923.

Paula Marie Villescaz advanced with 43 percent of the vote, Roger Niello advanced with 43 percent of the vote, Michael Huang received 14 percent of the vote, Eric Guerra withdrew, Tecoy Porter withdrew, and Matt Burgess withdrew.

#3 District 38 – $1,429,544

Catherine Blakespear raised $719,999, Matt Gunderson raised $551,670, and Joe Kerr raised $157,875.

Matt Gunderson advanced with 45 percent of the vote, Catherine Blakespear advanced with 44 percent of the vote, and Joe Kerr received 11 percent of the vote.

#4 District 10 – $1,379,144

Aisha Wahab raised $667,514, Lily Mei raised $598,180, Jamal Khan raised $54,751, Jaime Zepeda raised $33,635, Paul Pimentel raised $14,891, Jim Canova raised $10,173, and Raymond Liu raised $0.

Lily Mei advanced with 33 percent of the vote, Aisha Wahab advanced with 30 percent of the vote, Paul Pimentel received 22 percent of the vote, Jamal Khan received 7 percent of the vote, Raymond Liu received 5 percent of the vote, Jim Canova received 3 percent of the vote, and Jaime Zepeda withdrew.

#5 District 30 – $1,338,990

Incumbent Bob Archuleta raised $966,423, Henry Bouchot raised $372,567, Martha Camacho-Rodriguez raised $0, and Mitch Clemmons raised $0.

Bob Archuleta advanced with 36 percent of the vote, Mitch Clemmons advanced with 34 percent of the vote, Martha Camacho-Rodriguez received 16 percent of the vote, and Henry Bouchot received 15 percent of the vote.

The data above are based on campaign finance reports that active California PACs submitted to the California Secretary of State. Federal PACs are not required to report to state agencies. Transparency USA publishes campaign finance data following major reporting deadlines. State or federal law may require filers to submit additional reports.

Report NameDue Date
1st Pre-Election – Primary4/28/2022
2nd Pre-Election – Primary5/26/2022
1st Pre-Election – General9/29/2022
2nd Pre- Election – General10/27/2022

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