Bakersfield, California 

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Politics & Voting in Bakersfield, California

The Political Climate in Bakersfield, CA is Leaning liberal.

Kern County, CA is Leaning conservative. In Kern County, CA 40.4% of the people voted Democrat in the last presidential election, 53.1% voted for the Republican Party, and the remaining 6.5% voted Independent.

Kern county voted Republican in the previous five Presidential elections.
In the last Presidential election, Kern county remained moderately Republican, 53.1% to 40.4%


The BestPlaces Liberal/Conservative Index
Bakersfield, CA is Leaning liberal

Kern County, California is Leaning conservative.

Bakersfield Metro Area is Leaning conservative.

California is Very liberal.

The BestPlaces Liberal/Conservative Index is based on recent voting in national elections, federal campaign contributions by local residents, and consumer personality profiles.
VoteWord™

Displaying 16 years of Presidential voting, visualized in one word.

Bakersfield, California: R R R R R

How It Works:
Here at BestPlaces, we were looking at the voting patterns since the 2000 election and realized that we could express the results of each election as one letter. R if the Republican Party candidate won, D if the Democratic Party candidate won and I if the Independent Party candidate won. The five elections (2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016) would be expressed as five-letter word (R R D R R).

Then we went a little further and added the dimension of magnitude. If the difference of victory was greater than 10 percent, the letter is upper case, and lower case if the difference was less than 10 percent. This allows us to see interesting voting patterns at just a glance.

Here’s the VoteWord for Iowa – d r d d r. In the last five elections the state has been closely contested, voting narrowly for the Republican Party candidate in 2016 after voting for the Democratic Party in 2008 and 2012. Virginia (r r d d d) has voted narrowly for the Democratic Party in the last three elections.


Individual Campaign Contributions in Bakersfield, CA

In the last 4 years (2015-2018), there were 14,125 contributions totaling $976,201 to the Democratic Party and liberal campaigns, averaging $69 per contribution.

In the last 4 years, there were 8,549 contributions totaling $7,080,366 to the Republican Party and conservative campaigns, averaging $828 per contribution.

(source: Federal Election Commission)

KERN COUNTY, CALIFORNIA POLITICS VOTING
KERN COUNTY, CALIFORNIA POLITICS VOTING
KERN COUNTY, CALIFORNIA POLITICS VOTING HISTORY
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    Reviews for Bakersfield    74 Reviews
    It’s better than you may think! - 7/5/2020
    I moved here from Seattle 25 years ago, when it had a population of 200,000, and practically the only place to get coffee was a place called “Duke’s Ranch”. Why did I... Read More

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    Beware of the Lords of Bakersfield - 11/19/2018
    I've been in this area almost 50 years. I have encountered two classes of people here: the salt of the earth, give you the shirt off their backs and THE LORDS OF... Read More

    Moved in 1997 - 6/22/2017
    My husband and I both grew up in Bakersfield and married after High School (attended South High which now looks like a juvenile detention facility more than a High... Read More


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