California Primary, District-by-District: 38th District

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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.

California District 38

CA-38: This district in eastern Los Angeles County, which is over 60% Latino, is represented by Democrat Linda Sánchez, but is less liberal than other L.A. districts. Republicans are outnumbered by “only” two-to-one — not enough to make the district competitive, but enough to register a presence and a voice. The district also includes several major east-west arteries, suburban areas, and the Whittier Narrows reservoir, an key local water resource.


Democrats: Clinton will dominate among the minority voters and middle-class homeowners of the district.

Clinton 4, Sanders 2

Republicans: This district will see another hard-fought battle between Trump and Cruz — and Cruz will likely win.

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.