California is known as one of the most progressive states in the nation and consistently votes for Democrats in presidential races. However, looking at a map of election data alone indicates the Golden State is more purple than blue.
2022 election results shows that half of California’s counties supported Republican candidates in the major statewide races. And while it may not have been a “red wave,” Republicans retaining their U.S. House seats in California helped contribute to the GOP taking control of the House of Representatives.
In the U.S. Senate race between Democrat Sen. Alex Padilla and Republican challenger Mark Meuser, 29 of California’s 58 counties voted for Meuser, including San Bernardino, Kern, Fresno and Merced.
However, counties with the largest populations, namely Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego and Sacramento counties, voted for Padilla, helping him easily secure the Senate seat.
In the governor’s race between Democrat incumbent Gov. Gavin Newsom and Republican candidate Brian Dahle, 28 counties voted for Dahle, including San Bernardino, Fresno, and San Joaquin.
Once again, however, the big population centers in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego and Sacramento counties voted for Newsom, resulting in a second term for the governor.
In both races, heavily-populated Orange County voted Republican, albeit by narrow margins.
Proposition 1, a ballot measure that asked Californians if abortion protection should be added to the state constitution, passed with 65.7% of the statewide vote.
A relatively small number of counties, only 13, voted “No.” Prop 1 also passed with a wide margin in Orange County.
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Election data shows that 26 California counties voted for Donald Trump in 2016 presidential race, even though Hillary Clinton won the state with 61% of the vote. Orange County also went to Clinton.