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Defying the Odds

Defying the Odds
New book about the 2016 election.

Monday, December 3, 2018

California, Then and Now

In  Defying the Oddswe discuss Trump's impact on America.

In the 1988 campaign, California was up for grabs.  Bush and Dukakis both campaigned here.  On the day before the election, Dukakis held rallies in San Francisco and  Los Angeles.

Bush won the state, 51-48 percent.  It was a modest margin, but it was also the last time to date that a Republican presidential candidate carried the state.  

Figures for the six largest counties in the state illustrate the shift between 1988 and 2016.



Bush 1988Trump 2016
Los Angeles47%22%
Orange68%42%
Riverside59%44%
San Bernardino60%42%
San Diego60%37%
Santa Clara47%21%