Are you wondering why U.S. Senator Alex Padilla is running for two Senate seats? Did U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein retire while you were playing Wordle? Does Secretary of State Shirley Webber have a strange sense of humor? The answers are No and No. The dull answer: Padilla is running in a special election to fill the remainder of Vice President Kamala Harris’ term since he was appointed to fill the position and not elected to it. At the same time, he is running for the full 6-year term commencing in January 2023.