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-39: This district includes some of the most conservative areas in L.A. County, as well as portions of Orange and San Bernardino Counties. Home to Richard Nixon and his presidential library in Yorba Linda, the district’s Member of Congress is moderate Republican Ed Royce, the formidable chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. It has a relatively low, though still significant, minority population, over one-fourth of which is of Mexican origin.
Democrats: Though not a total shutout for Sanders, this area’s Democrats have little interest in electing a socialist.
Clinton 5, Sanders 1
Republicans: One of the easiest Cruz wins in the state — though racking up votes here won’t help him elsewhere.
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.