Prop. 8: Gay marriage splits the coast, inland California
That familiar geographic divide -- red and blue California -- is showing up again in an Associated Press analysis of Proposition 8's victory. The ballot measure had support across the state but particularly in rural and suburban areas -- and in inland California. From AP:
Exit poll results also highlighted geographic splits in sentiment. In California's suburbs, where half the electorate lives, 60% of voters supported Proposition 8. City dwellers opposed the measure by a slightly smaller margin overall, though voters in Los Angeles were evenly divided. More than half of voters in the largely conservative cities and suburbs south and east of Los Angeles backed the ban, as did about two-thirds of Central Valley voters. About two-thirds of voters in the San Francisco Bay Area and along the Northern California coast cast ballots against the measure.
AP's analysis also found that minority voters who came out for Barack Obama gave Proposition 8 another boost:
California's black and Latino voters, who turned out in droves for Barack Obama, provided key support for a state ban on same-sex marriage. Christian, married and older voters also helped give the measure the winning edge.
-- Shelby Grad