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Poll: California coast loves Obama; Inland loves McCain

October 31, 2008 |  4:05 am

The final Field Poll before the election shows Barack Obama has opened up a 22-point lead against John McCain in California. The margin would be a post-World War II record. But there is still a geographic divide in the Golden State. According to the Press-Enterprise's Ben Goad:

Coastal California counties, which hold 71 percent of the state's likely voters, favor Obama 60 percent to 28 percent, according to the poll. The inland portion of the state, which includes San Bernardino and Riverside counties, prefers McCain 47 percent to 44 percent, but accounts for only 29 percent of the electorate.

But California's coastal counties are where the voters are. And that means a huge lead for Obama: "A 22-point victory in the state would best Ronald Reagan's 16.8 and 16.2 percentage point wins over Jimmy Carter and Walter Mondale in the 1980s, and even Lyndon Johnson's 18.3-point trouncing of Barry Goldwater in 1964, the largest margin of victory so far in California in the post-World War II era."

The Daily News says L.A. County and California's various bond measures are in trouble, in part because of the economy: "No one could have imagined when these bond measures were placed on the ballot that we'd be in a financial free fall today," said Bob Stern, president of the Center for Governmental Studies in Los Angeles. And now the Wall Street financial crisis could make it even more difficult for the four bond measures that would authorize the state to issue more than $17 billion in bonds."

--Shelby Grad

Photo: AP