Alex Padilla

California Senator Alex Padilla is a favorite to win. This could help fellow Democrats

Alex Padilla’s campaign to be California’s junior senator ended the same way that he started — building support for fellow Democrats in other races.

It was an indication of how content he felt against his Republican opponent Mark Meuser in a rematch similar to their 2018 race for California secretary-of-state. Strangely, the voters cast their ballots twice to elect senators in this election. One was to fill Kamala Harris’ last two months and the second for a new six-year term.

Eight days before Tuesday’s elections, Padilla was appointed by Governor. Gavin Newsom, Harris’ vice president at the time, requested contributions from supporters for seven lower-profile Democratic challengers in House elections in California. Some of these are contests where they are underdogs.

Five days later Padilla asked his supporters to split their donations with a group of Democrats running for the top offices in their respective states. He wrote that while these contests are less visible than those for the House or Senate, the truth is they are some of America’s most important.

The lopsided competition is measured by the state of finances. Padilla had $7.6million left and raised $11.8 million. Meuser raised $949,000 and still had $136,000.

Padilla won 54.1% among 23 candidates in the June primary ballot. Meuser came in second place with 14.9%.

Padilla, 49 years old, started his political career in the same way that many Latinos in his generation did. He was disgusted by Proposition 187, a 1994 ballot initiative to deprive illegal immigrants of education, health care, and another non-emergency service. The measure was approved by large margins, but it was invalidated by a judge.

Padilla’s parents immigrated from Mexico in the 1960s to Los Angeles and raised their three children in Pacoima. His father was a short-order cook, and his mother was a house cleaner. They were married for 40 years.

Padilla graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, fulfilling his parents’ hopes. However, he stated that he returned home to see Proposition 187 ads.

“I was insulted. I was offended. In a September interview, Padilla stated that she was furious. “I couldn’t help but get involved to make an impact.”

Padilla was 26 years old when he joined Los Angeles City Council. He became its president two years later after putting aside his engineering career. He was elected secretary of state twice and served two terms in the state Senate. To become California’s first Latino U.S. Senator, he resigned in his second term.

Padilla links much of his Senate work to prior experiences, such as how his engineering background means that infrastructure will always be “a major deal” and how immigration is an issue he brings up in conversations with senators.

Meuser, a top Republican political operative Harmeet Dhillon’s lawyer, stated that he did not plan to rematch Padilla before the introduction of pandemic health restrictions he felt overbearing. According to his campaign website, he was involved with 22 lawsuits against Newsom over “his unconstitutional use of power.”

Meuser, 48, stated in September that he was counting upon low turnout and support by independents and Latinos dissatisfied with President Joe Biden.

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