Though the California candidate filing deadline passed on March 9th, the Secretary of State has just now released the qualified list, those filed candidates who successfully fulfill all state legal requirements. Originally, almost 300 individuals filed to become congressional candidates in California’s 53 districts. On the final list, 247 of those prospective federal political contenders were officially approved. This includes incumbent, challenger, and open seat candidates who are members of all recognized political parties under California law. Only three of the 51 incumbents seeking re-election are completely unopposed.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D) draws 31 official opponents, nine Democrats, eleven Republicans, and 11 minor party or independent candidates. In the open Governor’s race, 27 individuals are now qualified candidates.
California has no partisan primary. All candidates will appear together on the June 5th qualifying election ballot. The top two individuals in every race, regardless of political party affiliation or percentage attained, will advance to the general election.
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