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King of Kensington
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« on: October 08, 2017, 08:56:30 pm »

Northern California was more liberal than the 8 to 10 counties that made up Southern California (a bastion of "Sun Belt conservatism."  Which party won the plurality of the vote in Northern California in the elections during his period of straight GOP pluralities in California?
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« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2017, 02:16:58 pm »

1968: Humphrey
1972: Nixon 
1976: Carter
1980: Reagan
1984: Reagan
1988: Dukakis

Before 1980, the North was very much a coalition of evangelicals, farmers, environmentalists, liberals and anti-war/New Age activists.

Then Reagan's Super Southern Strategy [because Nixon's didn't do it, otherwise McGovern wouldn't have done better than Carter or Mondale] dismantled the conservative elements. At the same time, the religious turn eroded away the upper-crust coastal areas in SoCal.

Dukakis picked up on the movement and nearly won based on coastal counties alone. Just one more county would've done it.

You've got Alameda/San Francisco as your consistently D Massachusetts/Rhode Island-esque area, Plumas as your Georgia..except without a significant black population, Alpine as your Eastern Tennessee, Marin as your Maine or Vermont. And Sacramento as New York pretty much.

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