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-02: This large district, one of the most liberal in the country, stretches north from Marin County in the Bay Area along the coast all the way to the Oregon border, taking in tony Sausalito, hippie haven Humboldt County, and the coastal town of Eureka. Represented by Jared Huffman, one of Congress’s more liberal Democrats, this district is friendly to outsiders and anti-establishment candidates — and also to politicians friendly to marijuana cultivation.
Democrats: This is prime Bernie Sanders territory — as close to Vermont as you can get outside Vermont.
Sanders 6, Clinton 2
Republicans: The district’s anti-establishment posture favors Donald Trump, but John Kasich will also find support.
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.