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-18: Much of Silicon Valley falls into this district, including Stanford University, and some of the most desirable real estate anywhere in the world. This tech hub includes plenty of plenty of diehard liberal activists, some of whom are active in pushing for immigration reform. But it also also hosts a mix of libertarians, a handful of conservatives, and the odd monarchist or two. Democrat Anna Eshoo, who represents the area, is a mainstream Democrat.
Democrats: Clinton will enjoy a sizable edge in this district, though Sanders is likely do well in Palo Alto.
Clinton 5, Sanders 3
Republicans: There is surprising support for Trump within the tech community. He is, after all, a “disruptor.”
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.