Politics of Los Angeles County

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The politics of Los Angeles County leans heavily Democratic. Los Angeles County has voted Democratic in every Presidential election since 1988, and has done so by double digits since 1992. Los Angeles County has voted for the Democratic candidate in most of the presidential elections in the past four decades, although it did vote twice for Dwight Eisenhower (1952, 1956), Richard Nixon (1968, 1972), and Ronald Reagan (1980, 1984), the latter two of whom were Californians. From 1920 to 1984 it could be considered as a reliable bellwether county which always voted for the eventual national winner. Los Angeles went against the overall national picture in 1988, 2000, 2004 and 2016.

Los Angeles County vote
by party in presidential elections
Year GOP DEM Others
2016 22.4% 769,743 71.8% 2,464,364 5.8% 200,201
2012 27.8% 885,333 69.7% 2,216,903 2.5% 77,378
2008 28.8% 956,425 69.2% 2,295,853 2.0% 65,970
2004 35.6% 1,076,225 63.2% 1,907,736 1.3% 39,319
2000 32.4% 871,930 63.5% 1,710,505 4.2% 112,719
1996 31.0% 746,544 59.3% 1,430,629 9.7% 233,841
1992 29.0% 799,607 52.5% 1,446,529 18.4% 507,267
1988 46.9% 1,239,716 51.9% 1,372,352 1.2% 32,603
1984 54.5% 1,424,113 44.4% 1,158,912 1.1% 29,889
1980 50.2% 1,224,533 40.2% 979,830 9.7% 235,822
1976 47.8 1,174,926 49.7% 1,221,893 2.5% 62,258
1972 54.8% 1,549,717 42.0% 1,189,977 3.2% 90,676
1968 47.6% 1,266,480 46.0% 1,223,251 6.3% 168,251
1964 42.5% 1,161,067 57.4% 1,568,300 0.1% 1,551
1960 49.4% 1,302,661 50.2% 1,323,818 0.3% 8,020
1956 55.4% 1,260,206 44.3% 1,007,887 0.3% 7,331
1952 56.2% 1,278,407 42.7% 971,408 1.1% 24,725
1948 46.5% 804,232 47.0% 812,690 6.5% 112,160
1944 42.7% 666,441 56.8% 886,252 0.6% 8,871
1940 40.6% 574,266 58.1% 822,718 1.3% 18,285
1936 31.6% 357,401 67.0% 757,351 1.4% 15,663
1932 38.6% 373,738 57.2% 554,476 4.3% 41,380
1928 70.2% 513,526 28.7% 209,945 1.1% 7,830
1924 65.5% 299,675 7.3% 33,554 27.2% 124,228
1920 69.1% 178,117 21.6% 55,661 9.3% 23,992

Voter registration statistics[edit]

Population and registered voters
Total population[1] 9,787,747
  Registered voters[2][note 1] 4,865,403 49.7%
    Democratic[2] 2,486,479 51.1%
    Republican[2] 1,048,507 21.6%
    Democratic–Republican spread[2] +1,437,972 +29.5%
    Independent[2] 109,055 2.2%
    Green[2] 24,534 0.5%
    Libertarian[2] 25,808 0.5%
    Peace and Freedom[2] 24,950 0.5%
    Americans Elect[2] 2,583 0.1%
    Other[2] 262,180 5.4%
    No party preference[2] 881,307 18.1%


Congressional districts[edit]

In the United States House of Representatives, Los Angeles County is divided among 18 congressional districts:[3]

In the California State Senate, Los Angeles County is divided among 15 legislative districts:[4]

In the California State Assembly, Los Angeles County is divided among 24 legislative districts:[5]

On November 4, 2008, Los Angeles County was almost evenly split over Proposition 8 which amended the California Constitution to ban same-sex marriages. The county voted for the amendment 50.1% with a margin of 2,385 votes.[6]

Cities by population and voter registration[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Percentage of registered voters with respect to total population. Percentages of party members with respect to registered voters follow.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b U.S. Census Bureau. American Community Survey, 2011 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates, Table B02001. U.S. Census website. Retrieved 2013-10-26.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q "February 10, 2013 - Report of Registration" (PDF). California Secretary of State. Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 November 2013. Retrieved October 31, 2013.
  3. ^ "Counties by County and by District". California Citizens Redistricting Commission. Archived from the original on September 30, 2013. Retrieved September 24, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Communities of Interest — County". California Citizens Redistricting Commission. Archived from the original on October 23, 2015. Retrieved September 28, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Communities of Interest — County". California Citizens Redistricting Commission. Archived from the original on October 23, 2015. Retrieved September 28, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ Bowen, Debra. "Statement of Vote: 2008 General Election" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 November 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ U.S. Census Bureau. 2010 Census Summary File 1, Table P1. U.S. Census website. Retrieved October 31, 2013.