On April 8, California held a special election to fill the vacant U.S. House seat, 12th district. California uses blanket primaries in special elections. The two Democrats combined got 83.20%. The two Republicans combined got 14.44%. The Green got 2.36%. Since Democrat Jackie Speier polled over 50%, she is elected with no need for a run-off between the top vote-getter from each of the three parties that participated.
In November 2006, the vote in the 12th district had been Democratic 76.05%, Republican 23.95%.