California Primary Facts and Figures

Compiled by the U.S.News & World Report library staff.

By SHARE

Compiled by the U.S.News & World Report library staff

Presidential Primary Winners

Democrats

  • 1988 Michael Dukakis
  • 1992 Bill Clinton
  • 1996 Bill Clinton
  • 2000 Al Gore
  • 2004 John Kerry

Republicans

  • 1988 George H.W. Bush
  • 1992 George H.W. Bush
  • 1996 Bob Dole
  • 2000 George W. Bush
  • 2004 George W. Bush

Source: California Elections and Voter Information

2008 General Election Voter Registration Data

As of Dec. 7, 2007:

  • Eligible Voters:  22,987,562
  • Registered Voters:  15,468,551
  • Percent Registration:  67.29%

Registration by Party:

  • Democrats:  42.7%
  • Republicans:  33.6%
  • Decline to State:  19.3%

Source: Historical Voter Registration Statistics

General Election Winners — 1988-2004

  • 1988 George H.W. Bush
  • 1992 Bill Clinton
  • 1996 Bill Clinton
  • 2000 Al Gore
  • 2004 John Kerry

Exit Poll Demographics

2004 Election

Sex

  • Male:  49%
  • Female:  51%

Race

  • White:  65%
  • African-American:  6%
  • Latino:  21%
  • Asian:  4%
  • Other:  4%

Age

  • 18-29:  22%
  • 30-44:  28%
  • 45-59:  27%
  • 60 and Older:  23%

Vote By Church Attendance

  • More Than Weekly:  12%
  • Weekly:  20%
  • Monthly:  14%
  • A Few Times a Year:  30%
  • Never:  22%

Source: CNN.com

3 Things You Didn't Know About California Primaries

1. After winning the 1968 Democratic primary earlier in the day, Robert Kennedy was fatally wounded shortly after giving a victory speech in Los Angeles.

2. In the 1936 Democratic primary, novelist Upton Sinclair received 11 percent of the vote.

3. Since 2001, California has had a modified closed primary system. Decline to State voters are permitted to vote in the primary if the respective parties have authorized them to do so. For the Feb. 5, 2008, primary, Decline to State voters will be permitted to request a Democratic ballot but not a Republican ballot.

Sources:
Encyclopedia Britannica Online
Congressional Quarterly’s Guide to U.S. Elections
Decline to State: Voter Information