Politics in the San Francisco Bay Area

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Politics in the San Francisco Bay Area is widely regarded as one of the most liberal in the country. According to the California Secretary of State, the Democratic Party holds a voter registration advantage in every congressional district, State Senate district, State Assembly district, State Board of Equalization district, all nine counties, and all of the 101 incorporated municipalities in the Bay Area. The Republican Party holds a voter registration advantage in one State Assembly sub-district (the portion of the 4th in Solano County). [1]

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Since 1960, the nine-county Bay Area has voted for Republican presidential candidates only twice: in 1972 for Richard Nixon and in 1980 for Ronald Reagan, both Californians. The last county to vote for a Republican presidential candidate was Napa County in 1988 for George H. W. Bush.

County-level statistics

All nine counties in the Bay Area currently have a voter registration advantage in favor of the Democratic Party.

County
Population (2020) [2] 2016 election results [3] Median household income (2018) [4] Per capita income (2011) [5] Voter Registration (2013) [6]
DemocraticIndependentRepublican
Alameda 1,666,79379.3%–14.9% Clinton$92,574$33,888461,007158,958114,802
Contra Costa 1,150,21568.9%–25.4% Clinton$93,712$36,274263,258113,358131,608
Marin 259,66678.8%–15.9% Clinton$110,217$49,43983,85335,25128,116
Napa 139,41768.4%–29.6% Clinton$84,753$32,17033,18215,24819,142
San Francisco 883,30585.5%–9.4% Clinton$104,552$44,905276,855154,69142,922
San Mateo 769,54576.4%–18.7% Clinton$113,776$44,331185,13492,15869,925
Santa Clara 1,937,57073.3%–20.9% Clinton$116,178$39,365372,979237,357177,268
Solano 446,61062.3%–

31.8% Clinton

$77,609$27,785102,17746,24652,633
Sonoma 499,94270.7%–22.8% Clinton$76,753$30,868134,89655,66656,428
Median73.6%–21.1% Clinton$96,265$37,851
Total7,753,0631,913,341908,933692,844

Congressional districts

Every Congressional district in the Bay Area is currently represented by a Democrat. According to the Cook Partisan Voting Index (CPVI), congressional districts the Bay Area tends to favor Democratic candidates by roughly 40 to 50 percentage points, considerably above the mean for California and the nation overall. All congressional districts in the region voted for Democrat Barack Obama over Republican John McCain in the 2008 Presidential Election.

DistrictLocationRepresentativeCook PVI [9] 2012 election results [10] Median household income (2011) [11]
2nd Marin County and the North Coast Jared Huffman D+2269.0%–27.0% Obama$80,051
3rd Fairfield, Vacaville, and the Sacramento Valley John Garamendi D+554.3%–43.1% Obama$73,191
5th Santa Rosa, Napa County, Vallejo, and Martinez Mike Thompson D+2169.7%–27.4% Obama$85,856
9th Antioch and most of San Joaquin County Jerry McNerney D+857.8%–40.1% Obama$72,237
11th Most of Contra Costa County Mark DeSaulnier D+2167.5%–29.9% Obama$103,580
12th Most of San Francisco Nancy Pelosi D+3784.0%–12.5% Obama$127,290
13th Berkeley, Oakland, and San Leandro Barbara Lee D+4087.5%–9.0% Obama$91,514
14th Most of San Mateo County and southern San Francisco Jackie Speier D+2774.2%–23.6% Obama$125,980
15th Hayward, Union City, and the Tri-Valley Eric Swalwell D+2068.0%–29.8% Obama$125,018
17th Fremont and northern Silicon Valley Ro Khanna D+2571.9%–25.5% Obama$147,671
18th Menlo Park and western Silicon Valley Anna Eshoo D+2368.2%–28.9% Obama$149,375
19th San Jose and Morgan Hill Zoe Lofgren D+2471.2%–26.5% Obama$107,240
MedianD+1969.3%–27.2% Obama$69,316

During the Base Realignment and Closures (BRACs) of the 1990s, almost all the military installations in the region were closed. [12] [13] The only remaining major active duty military installations are Travis Air Force Base [14] and Coast Guard Island.

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