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Convention and Visitors Bureau Santa Monica

By Jonathan Friedman
Associate Editor

November 10, 2016 -- If only votes from Santa Monica counted, Hillary Clinton would be headed to the White House after a landslide victory.

Clinton received 80 percent of the Santa Monica vote, according to semi-official results from the Los Angeles County Registrar.

That is a higher percentage of the vote than Barack Obama received in 2012 (76.2 percent) and 2008 (79.3 percent).

Republican Donald Trump, who defeated Clinton Tuesday in likely the biggest political upset in U.S. history, performed worse in Santa Monica than the previous two GOP nominees.

Trump received 14.8 percent of the vote. Mitt Romney in 2012 earned 20.7 percent support, and 18.8 percent of the ballots were cast for John McCain in 2008.

The big change, in terms of percentage, was for the alternative party candidates.

Libertarian Gary Johnson and Green Party nominee Jill Stein each received about 2.5 percent of the vote, with a slight edge to Johnson.

That support was approximately double what Johnson and Stein received as their parties' nominees in 2012.

The voter breakdown in terms of number of ballots cast was Clinton 25,505, Trump 4,716, Johnson 803, Stein 783 and Peace & Freedom Party nominee Gloria La Riva 82.

The total number of ballots cast for the presidential choices on the ballot was 31,889. This was a significant drop from 2012 when 47,208 people voted. In 2008, the figure was 50,227.

Total voter turnout in Santa Monica was 32,568. This means that 679 voters decided to skip the presidential decision or wrote in a candidate’s name.

The significant support for Clinton in Santa Monica should come as no surprise in a city with a longstanding reputation for left-leaning politics.

Support for Clinton in Santa Monica was also shown in the fundraising totals. She collected $1,929,156 through October 19. That was just shy of the amount Obama received in 2012, when he collected $1,963,227.

It is possible Clinton exceeded Obama’s 2012 total in the final days of the campaign. It is unlikely she came close to Obama’s 2008 fundraising effort when he collected $2,624,341.

Trump raised $67,383 in Santa Monica through October 19. That is far less than th amounts raised by Romney ($687,778) and McCain ($250,773).

Johnson received $14,240 in Santa Monica this year, and Stein took in $3,926.


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