|CALIFORNIA||54 Electoral Votes|
(Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Calif. Secretary of State)
California has: 58 counties.
Five largest counties: Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange, Santa Clara, San Bernardino.
Five largest cities: Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco, Long Beach.
Secretary of State
Total Votes Not Cast in Presidential Race 177,010 (1.6%)
2,739,155 of the 11,142,843 total votes cast were by absentee ballot -- 24.58%.
Turnout as a percentage of voting age population was 44.80% or 44.09% if one excludes the 177,010 votes not cast in the presidential race. (U.S. avg. 53.76).
Brash talk and a significant investment of resources by the Bush campaign and the Republican party failed to pry California's 54 electors out of the Democratic column. As in other recent statewide elections, the Democrats' registration edge of about 10% held solid; Vice President Gore won with a plurality of 1,293,774 votes (11.80 percentage points). Los Angeles County weighed in heavily, producing a plurality of more than 800,000 votes for Gore. Overall, Gore won in 20 counties to Bush's 38. Early in the campaign it appeared Ralph Nader might be a factor. From Aug. 1 to Election Day he spent 13 days campaigning in Calif., but he ended up not having much impact on Gore's showing. Pat Buchanan failed to make a mark despite significant TV buys.
General Election Activity
Other Races: Four U.S. House
seats changed from Republican to Democratic control, bringing the state's
House delegation from 28D and 24R to 32D and 20R. In the 15th
(San Jose), Assemblyman Michael Honda (D) took the seat vacated by Rep.
Tom Campbell (R) 54%-42%; in the 27th (Pasadena/San Gabriel), State
Senator Adam Schiff (D) defeated incumbent Rep. James Rogan (R), one of
the House impeachment managers, 53%-44% in a very costly campaign (the
two raised over $10 million); in the 36th (Torrance), Jane Harman
(D) narrowly defeated incumbent Rep. Steve Kuykendall (R) to reclaim her
former seat, and in the 49th (San Diego), Assemblywoman Susan A.
Davis defeated incumbent Rep. Brian Bilbray (R) 50%-46%. The 20th
(lower San Joaquin Valley) was also very closely fought, but Cal Dooley
(D) successfully fended off a challenge from Rich Rodriguez (R).
In the U.S. Senate race, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D) easily overcame a challenge
from Rep. Tom Campbell (R), winning with a plurality of more than 2 million
. The ballot had names of 23 candidates on it.
. The open primary vote did not determine allocation of delegates. Ballots were color coded and there was separate tabulation of votes cast by registered Republican voters for Republican presidential candidates, by registered Democratic voters for Democratic presidential candidates, and so forth.
. According to the Secretary of State, in the presidential race there were 2,082,093 cross party votes (vote cast by a registered party member for a candidate of another party).
|. 167,773 Republicans voted for Al Gore and 61,714 voted for Bill Bradley.||
162 of 2,066 (7.8%).
|. 510,357 Democrats voted for John McCain and 247,411 voted for George W. Bush.||
367 of 3,537 (10.3%).
435 of 4,335 (10.0%).
Copyright 1998, 1999, 2000,
2001 Eric M. Appleman/Democracy in Action.