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United States Senate election in California, 1988


United States Senate election in California, 1988

United States Senate election in California, 1988

November 8, 1988

Nominee Pete Wilson Leo McCarthy
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 5,143,409 4,287,253
Percentage 52.8% 44.0%

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.

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


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