What if Sacramento region was a swing state?
11/02/2012 12:00 AM
11/02/2012 8:41 AM
If the Sacramento region had Electoral College votes, it would be a huge swing state, bombarded with ads and visits by presidential candidates.
The four-county region has backed the winner in every presidential election since it stumbled in 1968, when a majority of local residents picked Hubert Humphrey over Richard Nixon.
Among states, only Ohio has a longer streak of backing the winner. Ohio last picked wrong in 1960 when it chose Nixon over John F. Kennedy.
Since it's slightly more populated than New Mexico, the region would have five to six Electoral College votes if it were a state.
As it stands, Sacramento is virtually irrelevant to the outcome of the presidential race, since there is a nearly 100 percent chance that California as a whole - and its 55 Electoral College votes - will go to Barack Obama.
Democrats slightly outnumber Republicans across the region, but about one in five local voters don't belong to any party.
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