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-42: This district marks the westernmost portion of Riverside County, just over the Santa Ana mountains from the Orange County, and north from the I-15 on the way from San Diego to Las Vegas. Represented by Republican Ken Calvert, the district was the site of the most vociferous protests in 2014 against the absorption of thousands of unaccompanied illegal alien minors, who were brought (and turned away from) to a border patrol site in Murrieta.
Democrats: The conservative Democrats in this Republican-dominated district will back Clinton by wide margins.
Clinton 4, Sanders 1
Republicans: Though the district’s demographic profile favors Cruz, Trump’s tough border stance will seal the win.
Trump 3, Cruz 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.