Election pundits and pollsters biting their fingernails on battlefield states don’t think much of California right now The Liberal Stronghold – and the state with the most electoral votes on offer – is close to the dark blue end of Nate Silver’s meandering worm, and has been for a while

California will likely vote Joe Biden for president in 2020, as it did for Hillary Clinton in 2016 But one Democratic sure thing in the state hasn’t always been the case; in fact, for the past 70 years California has chosen a Republican presidential candidate over a Democrat It wasn’t until a young governor of Arkansas playing the saxophone ran for president in the 90s that the Golden State reliably turned blue

Here’s a look at who won, sometimes surprisingly, the many California Electoral College votes over the years, starting with the first election in which all 50 states participated, in 1960

The very first televised debate did a disservice to sweaty Richard Nixon Despite his experience as vice president of Dwight D Eisenhower, facing the junior US senator from Massachusetts, John F Kennedy, proved too much for Dick pre-delicate

Nixon was still suffering from the flu and had spent an exhausting day on the campaign trail, while Kennedy had been locked in a hotel practicing his lines While most radio listeners called the first debate a coin toss or even declared Nixon the winner, polls showed Kennedy had won over 70 million viewers

1960: Presidential candidates Richard Nixon, left, later the 37th President of the United States, and John F Kennedy, the 35th President, in the televised debate

Kennedy won one of the closest elections in US history that year, but received no help from California

The state voted for the SoCal-born Republican, giving him a marginal victory of less than 1% in California

Interestingly, in a question that came back to the forefront in 2020, Kennedy appeared to have won California by 37,000 votes when all polling stations reported, but after the mail-in vote tally a week longer. late Nixon came from behind to win California by 36,000 votes

California voted Democrat Lyndon B Johnson in 1964, with most of the country The former vice president rode Kennedy’s wave of popularity after his 1963 Dallas assassination Johnson took 44 states to the six from Republican Barry Goldwater and won 611% of the popular vote, the highest tally since 1820.This Democratic victory in California would be an anomaly, however, and it would be some time before California votes blue again

Eight years after his loss to Kennedy, Nixon’s 1968 comeback was a winnerAfter a chaotic year of race riots and protests against the Vietnam War, Nixon ran on the promise of law and order, and he won easily. California voted for Nixon over Democrat Hubert Humphrey, joining 32 states to help Yorba native Linda win with 301 electoral votes to Humphrey’s 191

Most remember Richard Nixon in the ’70s for the scandal, resignation and his weird two-armed Vs But before the chaos of the Watergate scandal, Nixon won one of the most unequal presidential elections in history

California has joined with every state in the union except Massachusetts to give incumbent Nixon a second term Anti-war Democratic candidate George McGovern left with just 17 electoral votes

Quick Note on Election Votes – Since California rapidly increased its population during the Gold Rush of 1848 and joined the union two years later, the state has won electoral votes from nearly everyone censuses since its founding In 1972, California reached 45 electoral votes, surpassing New York for most of the country The 55 electoral votes currently allocated by the state give California more than 10% of all the electoral votes available in the country

Vice President Gerald Ford took over the Oval Office after Nixon resigned, but Americans didn’t like his pardon as the former president, and his fight with Jimmy Carter, the former governor of Georgia relatively unknown, in 1976, was a tight

Carter won a divided country with 297 electoral votes, against Ford’s 240, marking the only Democratic victory in a presidential election held between 1968 and 1992

California, however, was still Republican, giving Ford its 45 electoral votes at the time by a small two-point margin

After a turbulent tenure marked by a recession, an oil crisis and the Iranian hostage standoff, Carter’s approval rating dropped to a level that would even make Donald Trump shudder (Carter was at 28% approval when he left office, Trump entered that election at around 45%)

Former California Governor Ronald Reagan took office in 1980 with a landslide victory And again, California would give a Republican its 45 electoral votes, choosing Reagan over Carter by a wide 17% margin

This was the first time in 100 years that a Republican candidate defeated an incumbent Democrat, a feat that has not happened since The rise of conservatism after Reagan’s victory led to a political realignment to the right in the 80s

Reagan was incredibly popular across the country, and Reagan-Fever even traveled to the Liberal Bay Area, where his likeness is still on display in Fairfield’s Jelly Belly Factory, made entirely of candy – apparently the former Hollywood star favorite Oval Office snack

“You can say a lot about a guy’s character by picking just one color or grabbing just a handful,” he once said.

A detail of President Ronald Reagan’s jelly bean portrait at the Jelly Belly Candy Company, Fairfield, California

The outgoing President defeated Democratic candidate and former Vice President Walter Mondale with ease, winning a historic 49 out of 50 states and winning 525 out of 538 votes Mondale only managed to win his home state, Minnesota and Washington, DC

In 1988, California voted for a Republican president for the fifth consecutive time, giving George HW Bush a massive victory over Massachusetts government Michael Dukakis and the GOP a third consecutive term in the White House California gave to Bush Sr his 47 votes by a close 25% margin, but the state would soon turn blue forever

An interesting aside – “blue” states and “red” states did not exist as we know them until 2000 After the rise of color television, television networks could not land on a universal color code for decades Throughout the Reagan era, the President’s two electoral victories were often portrayed with a blue Republican card on NBC This awesome Vox explainer reveals more

The 1992 election, in which Arkansas Democratic government Bill Clinton defeated incumbent George HW Bush, marked the end of a period of Republican national rule that began in 1968 as the north -est and upper Midwest California moved sharply to the left in 1992, giving Clinton his 54 electoral votes by a sizable 14-point margin The Democratic Party would win the popular vote in five of the following six elections

Despite a record voter turnout and Republicans winning the Senate and House mid-term in 1994, Clinton was re-elected against Bob Dole in 1996 with 379 votes against 159 Republicans

California voted blue by a similar margin to 92, reliably pursuing the state’s new designation as Democrat

Although California gave Vice President Al Gore his 54 electoral votes with a 12-point margin, Texas Gov. George W Bush won the presidency at the turn of the millennium in one of the closest races in the US story Bush finally won Electoral College 271-266, after a long fight against the Supreme Court

It was the first time in 112 years that the Electoral College winner also failed to win the popular vote, an event that would be repeated 16 years later

(2000 was also the year New York real estate mogul Donald J Trump first ran for office.He would win the two primaries in which he was the Reform Party candidate before finishing his campaign live on “The Today Show” after poll comparing Trump vs. Bush and Gore showed Trump only 7% support)

With the war on terror and post-9/11 patriotism playing in the American psyche, George W Bush won a hotly contested re-election battle with Massachusetts Sen John Kerry in 2004

The electoral map looked a lot like four years ago, with California continuing to vote Democratic, giving Kerry a 10% victory in the state and giving her his increase to 55 electoral votes, the number still attributed today

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However, California was not yet 100% blue Thirty-seven years after Reagan was elected governor of California, the state again elected a Republican Hollywood star to the post, while Arnold Schwarzenegger took office as governor in 2003

In an election that will go down in history as one of the biggest for the Democratic Party of America, Barack Obama became the first African-American president in US history in 2008

His decisive victory over John McCain earned him the biggest popular vote victory by a Democrat since Lyndon B Johnson in 1964, amid high turnout

California led the blue wave, giving Obama a giant 24% victory over McCain Contrary to low voter turnout in previous years, Obama set a record 695 million votes, a turnout of 62% among eligible voters

California gave Obama a similar victory, with a large 23% voting margin over businessman and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney in 2012

Obama regained the presidency with a 332-206 electoral margin and a 39% popular vote margin of victory

Despite its historic loss to Donald J Trump, California backed the first female candidate for president of a major party by a record margin, giving Hillary Clinton a 30% victory over Trump in the state

That wasn’t enough, as Trump turned many previously blue states red, including Florida, Iowa, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Michigan – two states that had voted Democratic since 1992

Today California is a resolutely Democratic state All elected officials in the state are Democrats, including both Senators and the Governor No Republican has been in office in the entire state since the retirement of Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2011 But if history can teach us anything, it’s that political trends can change in a few years, even in California

Andrew Chamings, local editor for SFGATE, grew up in Devon, England, and moved to San Francisco in 2007 He was previously editor-in-chief of The Bold Italic and wrote for The Atlantic, Vice and McSweeney’s Andrew a too many followers on Twitter Email: AndrewChamings @ sfgatecom

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