Report Says Arnold Schwarzenegger is Thinking of Running for U.S. Senate in 2018 as an Independent

This story says Arnold Schwarzenegger is considering running for U.S. Senate in 2018 as an independent. If he does that, his own top-two law will not permit him to have the ballot label “independent”. The law, which he backed with all his resources, says independents are on the ballot as “party preference: none.”

The California U.S. Senate seat up in 2018 is held by U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, who was born in 1933 and will therefore be age 85 in 2018. She has not said whether she intends to run for re-election in 2018 or not.


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Report Says Arnold Schwarzenegger is Thinking of Running for U.S. Senate in 2018 as an Independent — 8 Comments

  1. A SF Chronicle article dated February 12 said Feinstein is running for re-election, quoting her as saying, “If I can … continue to produce, then I will continue to produce. If I believe I can’t, either by health or any other way, I won’t. But as long as I believe I can, I will.”
    The title of the article “Feinstein fundraising machine fires up for re-election run.”

  2. It would be poetic justice if he qualifies for the ballot, but then gets eliminated in the Top Two Primary.

  3. He may win. Given his record as governor, they will want him in Washington rather than in California.

  4. He can’t run as an INDEPENDENT. He will have to run as “Prefers No Party”.

  5. Schwarzenegger is a registered Republican. The law that he supported would have permitted him to run as preferring the Terminator Party if he changed his registration.

    Don’t confuse what the law says compared to what the Bowen and Padilla regimes malinterpreted it as.

  6. Now I have read that Schwarzenegger has ruled out running for the Senate. He wants to devote his energy to campaigning for more laws, in more states, that prevent gerrymandering by requiring all district maps to be drawn by independent commissions.

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