In 1988, Republican George H.W. Bush achieved a feat when he won 44 of California’s 48 counties, beating Democrat Michael Dukakis by about 4 percentage points. That was 32 years ago and it was the last time a Republican carried a state that now has a massive 55 electoral votes.
Given the California’s leanings and Donald Trump’s extreme unpopularity among large swaths of the state’s population, Democrat Joe Biden’s victory here has been a foregone conclusion, but a new poll conducted by the UC Berkeley Institute for Governmental Studies indicates his victory could be historic in its proportions.
According to the poll, Biden leads Trump 65 to 29 percent, a historic 36-point margin. In 2016, Hilary Clinton beat Trump by a 30-point margin, the previous record for a Democratic candidate. According to the L.A. Times, the biggest margin to date was in 1920, when Republican Warren G. Harding beat his Democratic challenger by 42 points.
The Berkeley poll also found that 8 percent of self-identified Republicans plan on voting for Biden, versus 2 percent of self-identified Democrats plan on voting for Trump.
Sadly, a new study by Wallet Hub also shows that California voters are the “least powerful” in the entire United States (District of Columbia included) in terms of deciding the outcomes of presidential elections, ranking 51 after New York, Virginia, and Massachusetts.
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