Historic Uncontested Candidates (1946-2018)
In the last seventy-two years, there have been 502 unopposed candidates. With cross-filing at its peak (allowing candidates to win multiple primaries and exclude other candidates from the general election ballot), 1950 and 1952 elections saw the most uncontested candidates (more than 150 in those two years alone). Democrats have had more unchallenged candidates. A large majority of the races were for Assembly seats (335 races), while 103 were State Senate races, 52 were members of Congress, and 12 members of the Board of Equalization.
Frequently Unopposed Candidates
Several candidates have run unopposed on multiple occasions. Lloyd W. Lowrey holds the record, having run unopposed eight times. Because of term limits and the large number of active political parties, it is highly unlikely that this record will ever be broken. Ralph M. Brown and Gus Hawkins were elected unopposed seven times. Donald L. Grunsky and William Byron Rumford were elected unopposed six times. George A. Clarke, Glenn E. Coolidge, John F. Shelley and Randolph Collier were elected unopposed five times. Eleven Candidates were elected unopposed four times: Carley V. Porter, Clair Engle, Francis C. Lindsay, Francis Dunn Jr., George R. Reilly, Hugh M. Burns, Hugh P. Donnelly, Marvin Sherwin, Richard H. McCollister, Vincent Thomas, and Laughlin E. Waters.