1988 United States Senate election in California

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1988 United States Senate election in California

← 1982 November 8, 1988 1992 (special) →
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Nominee Pete Wilson Leo T. McCarthy
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 5,143,409 4,287,253
Percentage 52.8% 44.0%

California Senate Election Results by County, 1988.svg
County Results

Wilson:      40-50%      50-60%      60-70%

McCarthy:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%

U.S. Senator before election

Pete Wilson

Elected U.S. Senator

Pete Wilson

The 1988 United States Senate election in California took place on November 8, 1988. Incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Pete Wilson won re-election to a second term. As of 2019, this is the last U.S. Senate election in California won by both a Republican and a male candidate.

Major candidates



  • Pete Wilson, incumbent U.S. Senator first elected in 1982


General election results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Pete Wilson 5,143,409 52.8%
Democratic Leo T. McCarthy 4,287,253 44.0%
Peace and Freedom Maria Elizabeth Munoz 166,600 1.7%
Libertarian Jack Dean 79,997 0.8%
American Independent Merton D. Short 66,291 0.7%

See also


  1. ^ "Our Campaigns - CA US Senate Race - Nov 08, 1988". www.ourcampaigns.com. Retrieved 6 April 2018.
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