California

52 seats: 24R, 28D    D 52

California's entrenched incumbents had a typically easy year in 1998, especially in the state's many districts drawn to one party's advantage. A landslide-winning Democrat represents all 19 districts where Democrats are projected to win with at least 58% of the vote, while a Republican landslide winner represents all 12 districts where Republicans are projected to win with at least 58%. The only races in 1998 won by less than 10% were in districts where neither party was projected to win more than 54%. Incumbent performance has been very consistent in 1992-1996. Despite surges of support for most Democratic incumbents, Republicans gained a seat in 1998 because Democrats held more vulnerable districts coming into the election. Of the three most vulnerable seats in 2000, two (Tom Campbell's open seat in CA-15 and James Rogan's seat in CA-27) are held by Republicans. Hilda Solis has been rewarded for her monumental feat of defeating an incumbent in a primary with a general election walkover, as she faces no Republican opposition.

 
  1. Mike Thompson (D), 1998 Win*
  '98: 62 ['96: R 50 '94: R 53 '92: D 48] R 51
 
  2. Wally Herger (R), 1986 Landslide
  '98: 62 '96: 61 '94: 64 '92: 65 R 63
 
  3. Douglas Ose (R), 1998 Win
  '98: 52 ['96: D 54 '94: D 50 '92: D 51]   R 54
 
  4. John Doolittle (R), 1990 Landslide
  '98: 63 '96: 61 '94: 61 '92: 50   R 61
 
  5. Robert Matsui (D), 1978 Landslide
  '98: 72 '96: 70 '94: 68 '92: 69   D 58
 
  6. Lynn Woolsey (D), 1992 Landslide
  '98: 68  '96: 62 '94: 58 '92: 65  D58
 
  7. George Miller (D), 1974 Landslide
  '98: 77 '96: 72 '94: 70 '92: 70   D 66
 
  8. Nancy Pelosi (D), 1986 Landslide
  '98: 86 '96: 84 '94: 82 '92: 83 D 75
 
  9. Barbara Lee (D), April 1998 Landslide
  '98: 83 71 ['96: D 77 '94: D 72 '92: D 72] D 76
 
  10. Ellen Tauscher (D), 1996 Vulnerable
  '98: 53 '96: 49 ['94: R 59 '92: R 52]   R 51
 
  11. Richard Pombo (R), 1992 Comfortable*
  '98: 61 '96: 59 L '94: 62 '92: 48   R 53
 
  12. Tom Lantos (D), 1980 Landslide
  '98: 74 '96: 72 '94: 67 '92: 69   D 65
 
  13. Pete Stark (D), 1972 Landslide
  '98: 71 '96: 65 '94: 65 '92: 60   D 63
 
  14. Anna Eshoo (D), 1992 Landslide
  '98: 69 '96: 65 '94: 61 '92: 57   D 59
 
  15. OPEN [Tom Campbell (R), 1995] Vulnerable
  ['98: 60 '96: 59 '94: D 60 '92: D 64]   D 54
 
  16. Zoe Lofgren (D), 1994 Landslide
  '98: 73 '96: 66 '94: 65 ['92: D 62] D 62
 
  17. Sam Farr (D), 1993 Comfortable
  '98: 65 '96: 59 L '94: 52 ['92: D 72] D 56
 
  18. Gary Condit (D), 1988 Landslide*
  '98: 87 U '96: 66 '94: 66 '92: 85 U   R 53
 
  19. George Radanovich (R), 1994 Landslide
  '98: 80 U '96: 67 '94: 57 ['92: D 47] R 59
 
  20. Calvin Dooley (D), 1990 Comfortable
  '98: 61 '96: 57 '94: 57 '92: 65   D 53
 
  21. Bill Thomas (R), 1978 Landslide
  '98: 79 U '96: 66 '94: 68 '92: 65 R 65
 
  22. Lois Capps (D), March 1998 Vulnerable
  '98: 55 54 ['96: D 48 '94: R 49 '92: R 53] R 55
 
  23. Elton Gallegly (R), 1986 Comfortable
  '98: 60 '96: 60 '94: 66 '92: 54   R 54
 
  24. Brad Sherman (D), 1996 Comfortable*
  '98: 57 '96: 49 ['94: D 49 '92: D 56]   D 53
 
  25. Buck McKeon (R), 1992 Landslide
  '98: 75 U '96: 62 '94: 65 '92: 52   R 58
 
  26. Howard Berman (D), 1982 Uncontested
  '98: 83 U '96: 66 '94: 63 '92: 61   D 66
 
  27. James Rogan (R), 1996 Vulnerable
  '98: 51 '96: 50 ['94: R 53 '92: R 50]    50-50
 
  28. David Dreier (R), 1980 Comfortable
  '98: 58 '96: 61 '94: 67 '92: 58   R 54
 
  29. Henry Waxman (D), 1974 Landslide
  '98: 74 '96: 68 '94: 68 '92: 61 D 67
 
  30. Xavier Becerra (D), 1992 Landslide
  '98: 81 '96: 72 '94: 66 '92: 58   D 72
 
  31. OPEN [Matthew Martinez (D), 1982] Uncontested
  ['98: 71 '96: 67 '94: 59 '92: 63] D 66
 
  32. Julian Dixon (D), 1978 Landslide
  '98: 87 '96: 82 '94: 78 '92: 87 D 82
 
  33. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D), 1992 Landslide
  '98: 87 '96: 82 '94: 81 '92: 63 D 81
 
  34. Grace Napolitano (D), 1998 Landslide
  '98: 68 ['96: D 68 '94: D 62 '92 D 61] D 65
 
  35. Maxine Waters (D), 1990 Landslide
  '98: 89 U '96: 86 '94: 78 '92: 83    D 85
 
  36. Steve Kuykendall (R), 1998 Vulnerable
  '98: 49 ['96: D 53 '94: D 48 '92 D 48]   R 52
 
  37. Juanita Mill.-McDonald (D), 1995 Landslide
  '98: 85 '96: 85 ['94 D 77 '92 D 86]   D 82
 
  38. Steve Horn (R), 1992 Vulnerable
  '98: 53 '96: 53 '94: 58 '92: 49   D 54
 
  39. Ed Royce (R), 1992 Landslide
  '98: 63 '96: 63 '94: 66 '92: 57   R 58
 
  40. Jerry Lewis (R), 1978 Uncontested
  '98: 65 '96: 65 '94: 71 '92: 63 R 61
 
  41. Gary Miller (R), 1998 Comfortable
  '98: 53 C ['96: R 58 '94: R 62 '92 R 60]   R 56
 
  42. Jim Baca (D), November 1999 Win
 

 

'99: 52

'98: 55

 

96: 50

 

'94: 51

 

'92: 51

  D 54
 
  43. Ken Calvert (R), 1992 Uncontested
  '98: 56 '96: 55 '94: 55 '92: 47   R 56
 
  44. Mary Bono (R), April 1998 Comfortable
  '98: 60 57 ['96: R 58 '94: R 56 '92: R 54] R 55
 
  45. Dana Rohrabacher (R), 1988  Landslide
  '98: 58 L '96: 61 '94: 69 '92: 55   R 61
 
  46. Loretta Sanchez (D), 1996  Vulnerable
  '98: 56 '96: 47 ['94: R 57 '92: R 50] D 50-50
 
  47. Christopher Cox (R), 1988 Landslide
  '98: 68 '96: 66 '94: 72 '92: 65   R 63
 
  48. OPEN [on Packard (R), 1982] Landslide
  ['98: 77 U '96: 66 '94: 73 '92: 61]   R 65
 
  49. Brian Bilbray (R), 1994 Vulnerable
  '98: 49 '96: 53 C '94: 49 ['92: D 51]   50-50
 
  50. Bob Filner (D), 1992 Landslide
  '98: 100 '96: 62 '94: 57 '92: 57 D 61
 
  51. Duke Cunningham (R), 1990 Landslide
  '98: 61 '96: 65 '94: 67 '92: 56   R 61
 
  52. Duncan Hunter (R), 1980 Landslide
  '98: 76 U '96: 65 '94: 64 '92: 53   R 58
 

California's results 1982 to 1998
Facts in Focus for California 1982 to 1998
 


 
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