These are the results in the top five most expensive California State Assembly elections

Elections for all 80 seats in the California State Assembly took place on Nov. 8, 2022. Of the 80 districts up for election in 2022, 78 had a general election with more than one candidate.

Across all contested general elections, candidates raised $108.3 million. Incumbents raised an average of $1,131,955 per candidate and challengers raised an average of $427,501 per candidate.

Five general elections with the most fundraising

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

District Money Raised Officeholder Candidates
District 7 $4,717,357 Josh Hoover (R) Josh Hoover and Ken Cooley
District 40 $4,171,403 Pilar Schiavo (D) Pilar Schiavo and Suzette Martinez Valladares
District 27 $4,099,083 Esmeralda Soria (D) Esmeralda Soria and Mark Pazin
District 47 $4,082,681 Greg Wallis (R) Greg Wallis and Christy Holstege
District 17 $3,176,437 Matt Haney (D) Matt Haney and David Campos

The officeholders above are listed for the current districts they hold. However, this is a redistricting year, so candidates have been identified below as incumbents even if they are running in a different district than they currently hold.

#1 District 7 – $4,717,357

Incumbent Ken Cooley raised $3,799,737 and Josh Hoover raised $917,620.

Josh Hoover won with 50 percent of the vote and Ken Cooley received 50 percent of the vote.

#2 District 40 – $4,171,403

Incumbent Suzette Martinez Valladares raised $1,965,753 and Pilar Schiavo raised $2,205,649.

Pilar Schiavo won with 50 percent of the vote and Suzette Martinez Valladares received 50 percent of the vote.

#3 District 27 – $4,099,083

Esmeralda Soria raised $2,865,976 and Mark Pazin raised $1,233,108.

Esmeralda Soria won with 51 percent of the vote and Mark Pazin received 49 percent of the vote.

#4 District 47 – $4,082,681

Christy Holstege raised $2,512,166 and Greg Wallis raised $1,570,515.

Greg Wallis won with 50 percent of the vote and Christy Holstege received 50 percent of the vote.

#5 District 17 – $3,176,437

Incumbent Matt Haney raised $2,160,267 and David Campos raised $1,016,170.

Matt Haney won with 69 percent of the vote and David Campos received 31 percent of the vote.

The data above are based on campaign finance reports that active California PACs submitted to the California Secretary of State. Political expenditures that are not controlled by candidates or their campaigns, known as satellite spending, are not included in candidate totals. Federal PACs are not required to report to state agencies. Transparency USA publishes campaign finance data following major reporting deadlines.

This article is a joint publication from Ballotpedia and Transparency USA, who are working together to provide campaign finance information for state-level elections. Learn more about our work here.




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