Editor’s note: The presidential nominating contests in both parties will come down to the California primary.
For Democrats, 548 delegates are at stake — 11.5% of the total. For Republicans, 172 delegates are at stage — 6.9% of the total. Of those, for Democrats, 158 (29%) are divided proportionally on a statewide basis, while 317 (58%) are divided proportionally by congressional district, with each district providing between 5 and 8 delegates. The remaining 73 (13%) are “superdelegates.”
For Republicans, 13 (8%) are awarded statewide, with ten going to the candidate with the highest number of votes on a winner-take-all basis, and three going to “pre-determined” delegates (the State Chair, National Committeewoman, National Committeeman). Meanwhile, 159 (92%) are awarded by congressional district on a winner-take-all basis, with each district providing 3 delegates.
The result: a district-by-district battle in both parties, which we preview for you here.
CA-27: This district is reliably liberal in congressional elections, a safe seat for liberal Democrat Judy Chu. But it also includes some Republican voters in conservative parts of the district, which includes Pasadena in the southwest and Claremont in the southeast. A large portion of the district was born outside the United States. The district is home to the Rose Bowl and includes both Caltech and Scripps College, from which George Will was disinvited.
Democrats: Sanders will have some support around the universities, but Clinton will also have a good showing.
Clinton 3, Sanders 3
Republicans: This is a swing district, where Cruz and Trump will be neck-and-neck. Cruz will win — barely.
Cruz 3, Trump 0, Kasich 0
Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News. His new e-book, Leadership Secrets of the Kings and Prophets: What the Bible’s Struggles Teach Us About Today, is on sale through Amazon Kindle Direct. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.