California Republican primary, 2000

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The California Republican primary, 2000 was held on March 7, 2000. Governor George W. Bush of Texas won easily over Senator John McCain of Arizona and former Ambassador Alan Keyes.

At the time, California had a blanket primary, meaning all candidates of all parties were on the same ballot, but the state parties, exploiting a loophole in the election law, used color-coded ballots so that only votes from party members would count. Thus, many votes for McCain -- nearly 800,000 --- were discounted. It was thought by pundits that McCain could demonstrate his viability in a large Democratic state if he won the general primary; however, Bush still won a solid majority with all the non-Republican votes factored in.

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2000 California Republican Primary county Map
Map reflects all votes cast. Bush carried all counties when only Republican votes were counted.
Key: Withdrew
prior to contest
California Republican presidential primary, 2000[1]
Candidate GOP votes GOP % Total votes Total % National delegates[2]
George W. Bush 1,725,162 60.58% 2,168,466 52.21% 162
John McCain 988,706 34.72% 1,780,570 42.87% 0
Alan Keyes 112,747 3.96% 170,442 4.10% 0
Steve Forbes 8,449 0.30% 14,484 0.35% 0
Gary Bauer 6,860 0.24% 10,529 0.25% 0
Orrin Hatch 5,997 0.21% 9,202 0.22% 0
Joe Schriner (write-in) N/A <0.01% 5 <0.01% 0
David S. Rosenbaum (write-in) N/A <0.01% 4 <0.01% 0
Totals N/A 100.00% 4,153,702 100.00% 162

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