The 2020 Election: Why California is the Most Important State in the Democratic Primary

Map of California shown as an island, Johannes Vingboons, circa 1650 (License: Public Domain; Source: Library of Congress)

When it comes to presidential elections, Californians have grown accustomed to the idea that their votes don’t really matter, except in a symbolic sense. Given the structure of American electoral politics, this resignation is understandable. California may be the biggest state in the country, with almost 40 million people and 55 electoral…

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