California’s political divide is evident in voters’ choices in statewide and district-based offices in the Nov. 6 midterm election. From races for governor and U.S. Senate through Congress and state Assembly and Senate, a clear general pattern emerges.
In the governor’s race, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom defeated Republican businessman John Cox by a hefty margin statewide. Cox, however, won more of the state’s counties. But Newsom’s support was concentrated in more populous counties along or near the California coast, while support for Cox was scattered across inland counties that have much smaller populations.
The same trend played out, to varying degrees, in other offices in which voters chose between Republicans and Democrats or, in the case of the U.S. Senate, a long-established Democratic incumbent and a Democratic challenger trying to make the jump from the state Legislature. From the population centers around the Bay Area through the sprawling metropolitan areas of Los Angeles and southward, the coastal region’s voters trended Democratic. Republican candidates largely held sway in more rural areas of the state as well as Southern California’s Inland Empire.
Explore the interactive maps below for details based on the latest returns available from the California Secretary of State.