— -- Voters in the state of California are heading to the polls on Election Day 2016.
There are 55 electoral votes - the largest share of electoral votes - at stake in California in the presidential race. California allows for early voting.
The Golden State wasn’t always considered a Democratic state. From 1952 through 1988, Republicans won nearly every presidential election. Hispanics make up nearly 40 percent of the population and have contributed to California becoming a blue state.
Voting History in the Past Five Presidential Elections:
- 2012: Barack Obama
- 2008: Barack Obama
- 2004: John Kerry
- 2000: Al Gore
- 1996: Bill Clinton
Other Notable Races:
Democratic U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer's retirement creates a rare open seat, and for the first time in the modern era, no Republican will be on the ballot. Thanks to California's unusual primary system, in which the two top finishers from the June primary advance to the general election, voters will decide between two Democrats — state Attorney General Kamala Harris and U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez. -The Associated Press
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