Andie Patterson, Director of Government Affairs

2018 Midterms Election Update

On November 6th, voters from across the nation and state had the opportunity to express their voice at the ballot box.

In the California Governor’s race, Gavin Newsom beat John Cox overwhelmingly.  Advocates endorsed Gavin Newsom in his race for Governor and are looking forward to working with the new administration to advance the health and wellbeing for all people in California.

In other state wide races, California saw the following results:

  • Lieutenant Governor – Eleni Kounalakis (D)

  • Attorney General – Xavier Becerra (D)

  • Secretary of State – Alex Padilla (D)

  • Insurance Commissioner – Ricardo Lara (D)

  • Treasurer – Fiona Ma (D)

  • Controller – Betty Yee (D)

  • Superintendent of Public Instruction –Tony Thurmond (D)

Out of the competitive House districts within California, six seats flipped from Republican to Democrat.

They include the following:

  • 10TH CD: Democrat Josh Harder beat Republican incumbent Congressman Jeff Denham

  • 25th CD: Democrat Katie Hill beat Republican incumbent Congressman Steve Knight

  • 39th CD: Democrat Gil Cisneros beat Republican Young Kim in the seat formerly held by retiring Republican Congressman Ed Royce

  • 45th CD: Democrat Katie Porter beat Republican incumbent Congresswoman Mimi Walters

  • 48th CD: Democrat Harley Rouda beat Republican incumbent Congressman Dana Rohrabacher

  • 49th CD: Democrat Mike Levin beat Republican Diane Harkey in the seat formerly held by retiring Republican Congressman Darrel Issa

At the time of this publication, votes are still being counted which may affect the outcome in Congressional District 21.

Because of the Congressional Democratic successes across the country, the incoming House of Representatives will hold a Democratic majority.  California Representative Kevin McCarthy from Bakersfield will become the Republican Minority Leader in the House, and California Representative Nancy Pelosi from San Francisco is in the process of gathering the votes to become Speaker.

Diane Feinstein will return to the Senate in her sixth term having defeated State Senator Kevin de Leon.

On the State front, Proposition 2, which Advocates officially supported, won by a margin of 63.12% to 36.88%. Click here to see a list of all of the other Propositions that passed.

In the races for State Assembly and State Senate, CaliforniaHealth+ Advocates endorsed the following individuals and are pleased that out of the eight that we endorsed, six will be moving on to Sacramento next month to assume their new office.

They are as follows:

  • Assembly District 15/Richmond – Buffy Wicks (D) – Won

  • Assembly District 30/Salinas – Robert Rivas (D) - Won

  • Assembly District 40/Rancho Cucamonga – James Ramos (D) -Won

  • Assembly District 72/Huntington Beach – Josh Lowenthal (D)

  • Assembly District 76/Oceanside – Tasha Horvath (D) -Won

  • Senate District 12/Salinas/Ceres – Anna Caballero (D) - Won

  • Senate District 22/San Gabriel Valley – Mike Eng (D)

  • Senate District 24/Los Angeles – Maria Elena Durazo (D) - Won

Out of the 48 incumbent legislators endorsed by Advocates, we are pleased that all but one (AD 38) will continue on to serve in their respective houses for another term.

Please click here to view the entire list.

At the time of this publication, votes are still being counted which may affect the outcome in Assembly District 77 and Senate District 34. 

CaliforniaHealth+ Advocates is looking forward to continuing to engage in the election process in the years to come. For questions or comments, please contact Victor Christy at