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In the 2008 election, California voters elected President Barack Obama with 61 percent of the vote, leaving McCain in the dust with just 37 percent. They also voted in favor of Proposition 8, banning gay marriage on a vote that was split 52.3 percent to 47.7 percent.

Here's how it would have played out if California were split into two or three different states. (P.S. — only 59 percent of eligible voters actually voted.)

 

DOUBLE TROUBLE: DOS CALIFORNIAS

(Based on Proposal by Citizens for Saving California Farming Industries*)

"West California"

(Alameda, Contra Costa, Los Angeles, Marin, Monterey, San Benito, San Francisco, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Ventura counties)

Population: about 15.7 million

Democratic-majority counties: 12

Republican-majority counties: 1

Votes for president: Obama 67.9%, McCain 27.5 %

Votes on Prop. 8: no 51.7%, yes 45%

"East California"

(Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Del Norte, El Dorado, Fresno, Glenn, Humboldt, Imperial, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Lake, Lassen, Madera, Mariposa, Mendocino, Merced, Modoc, Mono, Napa, Nevada, Orange, Placer, Plumas, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernadino, San Diego, San Joaquin, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Tulare, Tuolumne, Yolo, Yuba counties)

Population: about 21 million

Democratic-majority counties: 14

Republican-majority counties: 31

Votes for president: Obama 52.4%, McCain 45.4%

Votes on Prop. 8: no 39%, yes 55%.

Does not take into account Proposal to split up two counties.

 

AND THE DEVIL MAKES THREE (CALIFORNIAS)

"North California"

(Mendocino, Humboldt, Trinity, Del Norte, Siskiyou, Shasta, Lassen, and Modoc counties)

Population: just over 500,000

Republican-majority counties: 6

Democratic-majority counties: 2

Votes for president in 2008: Obama 49.2%, McCain 46.5%

Votes on Prop. 8: yes 53%, no 40%

"West California"

(Alameda, Contra Costa, Los Angeles, Marin, Monterey, San Benito, San Francisco, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Sonoma, Ventura counties)

Population: about 16 million

Republican-majority counties: 1

Democratic-majority counties: 13

Votes for president: Obama 68%, McCain 27.4%

Votes on Prop. 8: yes 42.6 %, no 52.2%

"East California"

(Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, El Dorado, Fresno, Glenn, Imperial, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Lake, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Mono, Napa, Nevada, Orange, Placer, Plumas, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernadino, San Diego, San Joaquin, Sierra, Solano, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Tulare, Tuolumne, Yolo, Yuba)

Population: about 20 million

Republican-majority counties: 24

Democratic-majority counties: 12

Votes for president: Obama 52.5%, McCain 45.4%

Votes on Prop. 8: no 38.9%, yes 55.7%

Sources: California Secretary of State voting records; U.S. Census Bureau 2008 population data

 

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