Los Angeles County begins voting early in February and awards more delegates than the first two primary states. The LA County Primary is a well-kept secret. We have lots of influence for picking the Democratic Nominee but it’s not a topic of general knowledge.
I agree with what Julián Castro says about which parts of the country get the most emphasis in the Democratic Primary. He questions whether Iowa is representative of the Democratic Party, especially with a caucus process that may not be accessible, and a time and place that’s harder to get to for shift workers, to say nothing of whether Democrats in Iowa are representative of the national population as a whole.
As both my prior post and the table below show, the delegates awarded in the earliest contests are fewer than just those in LA County alone. And the timing of vote in California and LA County (and Orange County and other counties using Vote Centers) is just as early as the First Four states. Also, statewide, ballots sent to Vote By Mail voters will be mailed from Feb 5-8. The Iowa Caucus is Feb 3, same day as ballots are mailed to California voters.
Table: The First Four, California, and L.A. County
In the table below, see how California’s Primary Date is not a single day but a range of days and voting periods that takes place all month, during the same time as the First Four.
Los Angeles County alone will award more delegates to the DNC than Iowa, New Hampshire and part of Nevada. The 87 number of Pledged DNC Delegates for LA Co include delegates in districts that span neighboring counties. (CA-39 spans LA, Orange and SBdo Co). Orange County is voting using Vote Centers, too.
|State||Primary Date||Pledged Delegates||Total Delegates|
|Iowa Caucus||Feb 3||41||49|
|New Hampshire||Feb 11||24||33|
|Nevada Caucus||Feb 22||36||48|
|South Carolina||Feb 29||54||63|
|California||Feb 3-8 PVBM ballots mailed to voters|
Feb 22 Vote Centers
Mar 3 Election Day
|Los Angeles County|
(plus some adjacent)
|same as above||87|