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California Secretary of State Candidates

Action News Now is breaking down the candidates in major races in the 2018 Midterm Elections.

Posted: Nov 1, 2018 4:01 PM
Updated: Nov 7, 2018 1:00 PM


Alex Padilla - 4,333,888 votes, 61.7 percent
Mark Meuser - 2,691,757 votes, 38.3 percent

**REMINDER: These are the unofficial results from the midterm elections. All official results must be certified by the Secretary of State.


One of the major races on the ballot on Nov. 6 is for California Governor.


  • As the state's chief elections officer, oversees statewide elections and provides public access to campaign and lobbying financial information.

  • Maintains certain business filings, authenticates trademarks, regulates notaries public, and enables secured creditors to protect their financial interests.

  • Preserves California's history by acquiring, safeguarding, and sharing the state's historical treasures


Alex Padilla, Democrat


"I’m running to continue serving as your Secretary of State. This is a critical time for voting rights and I have a proven record of getting results. In my first term, I’ve worked to expand access to the ballot box, protect our elections’ security, and because of my work, California is now adding millions of eligible voters to its rolls. Our Secretary of State must deliver for Californians. As President of Los Angeles City Council, State Senator, and your Secretary of State, I’ve done just that. I respectfully ask for your vote..."

To read Padilla's full candidate statement, CLICK HERE

Mark P. Meuser, Republican


"Elections Matter. Recently, the Election Integrity Project of California filed a lawsuit where they alleged that California has more registered voters than eligible voters, 101% to be precise. Los Angeles County alone has 144% voter registration. Bloated voter rolls cost the taxpayers money to send unnecessary balloting materials. They also increase the opportunity for fraud. We need to remove from the rolls, those who have died, have moved, non-citizens, duplicate and fictitious registrations..." 

To read Meuser's full candidate statement, CLICK HERE

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