FIGURE 8

AVERAGE (MEDIAN) EXPENDITURES
INCUMBENTS AND CHALLENGERS 1976-1998 GENERAL ELECTIONS
CALIFORNIA STATE LEGISLATURE

 

ASSEMBLY

SENATE

YEAR

INCUMBENTS
$

CHALLENGERS
$

INCUMBENTS*
$

CHALLENGERS
$

1976

25,135
(64)

9,421
(57)

86,275
(22)

25,697
(17)

1978

47,379
(64)

10,359
(58)

59,367
(19)

18,652
(20)

1980

84,956
(65)

10,108
(58)

109,205
(19)

12,732
(18)

1982

94,122
(58)

10,705
(48)

208,105
(22)

35,494
(12)

1984

115,410
(77)

8,475
(63)

241,622
(20)

3,812
(19)

1986

119,310
(68)

4,105
(63)

248,105
(20)

9,486
(19)

1988

185,177
(76)

9,375
(71)

296,330
(18)

57,549
(21)

1990

147,806
(72)

10,252
(60)

235,894
(21)

2,535
(17)

1992

175,411
(55)

15,003
(48)

210,033
(20)

16,045
(18)

1994

149,602
(57)

6,179
(53)

660,070
(21)

10,694
(20)

1996

**268,085
(51)

14,943
(45)

393,767
(20)

9,312
(20)

1998

239,347
(56)

7,258
(50)

359,456
(17)

19,113
(15)


Numbers in parentheses are the total number of major party candidates.
*Senate incumbents include Assembly incumbents running for Senate seats.
**Includes one Senate incumbent running for an Assembly seat.