Between 1912 and 2016 in the state of California there have been 27 elections of which: 14 have been won by Democrats, 12 won by Republicans, and 1 won by "other parties".

Year Electoral Presidential Candidate Votes Population Votes Turnout Winner
1912 13
D Woodrow Wilson (NJ) 283,436 2 Electoral Votes
R William Howard Taft (OH) 3,914
O Eugene W. Chafin (IL) 23,366
O Theodore Roosevelt (NY) 283,610 11 Electoral Votes
O Eugene V. Debs (IN) 79,201
O Arthur E. Reimer (MA)
3,075,077 673,527 21.9% O
1916 13
D Woodrow Wilson (NJ) 466,289 13 Electoral Votes
O Allan L. Benson (NY) 42,898
O Arthur E. Reimer (MA)
R Charles Evans Hughes (NY) 462,516
O Frank Hanly (IN) 27,713
4,470,134 999,416 22.36% D
1920 13
D James M. Cox (OH) 229,191
O Parley P. Christensen (IL)
O James E. Ferguson (TX)
R Warren G. Harding (OH) 624,992 13 Electoral Votes
O Eugene V. Debs (IN) 64,076
O Aaron S. Watkins (IN) 25,204
O Other (XX)
3,426,861 943,463 27.53% R
1924 13
O Herman P. Faris (MO) 18,365
O Other (XX)
R Calvin Coolidge (MA) 733,250 13 Electoral Votes
O Robert M. La Follette (WI) 424,649
O William Z. Foster (MA)
D John W. Davis (WV) 105,514
4,929,823 1,281,778 26% R
1928 13
D Al Smith (NY) 614,365
O William Z. Foster (IL) 112
R Herbert Hoover (CA) 1,162,323 13 Electoral Votes
O Norman Thomas (NY) 19,595
O Verne L. Reynolds (MI)
6,432,786 1,796,395 27.93% R
1932 22
D Franklin D. Roosevelt (NY) 1,324,157 22 Electoral Votes
O Norman Thomas (NY) 63,299
R Herbert Hoover (CA) 847,902
O Other (XX) 32,608
5,790,796 2,267,966 39.17% D
1936 22
D Franklin D. Roosevelt (NY) 1,766,836 22 Electoral Votes
O William Lemke (ND)
O Earl Browder (KS) 24,284
R Alfred Landon (KS) 836,431
O Norman Thomas (NY) 11,331
6,017,886 2,638,882 43.85% D
1940 22
R Wendell Willkie (NY) 1,351,419
O Other (XX) 23,248
D Franklin D. Roosevelt (NY) 1,877,618 22 Electoral Votes
O Norman Thomas (NY) 16,506
6,907,387 3,268,791 47.32% D
1944 25
D Franklin D. Roosevelt (NY) 1,988,564 25 Electoral Votes
O Texas Regulars (TX)
O Other (XX) 16,831
R Thomas E. Dewey (NY) 1,512,965
O Norman Thomas (NY) 2,515
7,183,683 3,520,875 49.01% D
1948 25
R Thomas E. Dewey (NY) 1,895,269
O Henry A. Wallace (IA) 190,381
O Other (XX) 18,067
D Harry S. Truman (MO) 1,913,134 25 Electoral Votes
O Strom Thurmond (SC) 1,228
O Norman Thomas (NY) 3,459
7,459,978 4,021,538 53.91% D
1952 32
O Eric Hass (NY) 273
D Adlai Stevenson (IL) 2,257,646
O Stuart Hamblen (TX) 16,117
R Dwight D. Eisenhower (NY) 3,035,587 32 Electoral Votes
O Vincent Hallinan (CA) 24,692
10,797,947 5,334,315 49.4% R
1956 32
D Adlai Stevenson (IL) 2,420,135
O Eric Hass (NY) 300
R Dwight D. Eisenhower (NY) 3,027,668 32 Electoral Votes
O Other (XX) 6,087
11,221,396 5,454,190 48.61% R
1960 32
R Richard Milhous Nixon (CA) 3,259,722 32 Electoral Votes
O Eric Hass (NY) 1,051
D John Fitzgerald Kennedy (MA) 3,224,099
O Other (XX)
15,717,204 6,484,872 41.26% R
1964 40
R Barry Morris Goldwater (AZ) 2,879,108
O Eric Hass (NY) 489
D Lyndon Baines Johnson (TX) 4,171,877 40 Electoral Votes
O Other (XX)
16,345,892 7,051,474 43.14% D
1968 40
D Hubert Horatio Humphrey (MN) 3,244,318
R Richard Milhous Nixon (CA) 3,467,664 40 Electoral Votes
O George Corley Wallace (AL) 487,270
16,974,580 7,199,252 42.41% R
1972 45
D George Stanley McGovern (SD) 3,475,847
O Linda Jenness (GA) 980
R Richard Milhous Nixon (CA) 4,602,096 45 Electoral Votes
O John G. Schmitz (CA) 232,554
20,352,197 8,311,477 40.84% R
1976 45
R Gerald Rudolph Ford, Jr. (MI) 3,882,244 45 Electoral Votes
O Roger MacBride (VT) 56,388
D James Earl Carter, Jr. (GA) 3,742,284
O Eugene McCarthy (MN) 58,412
21,150,322 7,739,328 36.59% R
1980 45
D James Earl Carter, Jr. (GA) 3,083,661
O Ed Clark (CA) 148,434
R Ronald Wilson Reagan (CA) 4,524,858 45 Electoral Votes
O John Bayard Anderson (IL) 739,833
23,667,902 8,496,786 35.9% R
1984 47
D Walter Frederick Mondale (MN) 3,922,519
R Ronald Wilson Reagan (CA) 5,467,009 47 Electoral Votes
O David Bergland (CA) 49,951
24,614,618 9,439,479 38.35% R
1988 47
D Michael Stanley Dukakis (MA) 4,702,233
O Lenora Fulani (PA) 31,180
R George Herbert Walker Bush (TX) 5,054,917 47 Electoral Votes
O Ronald Ernest Paul (TX) 70,105
25,561,334 9,858,435 38.57% R
1992 54
R George Herbert Walker Bush (TX) 3,630,574
O Andre Verne Marrou (AK) 48,139
D William Jefferson Clinton (AR) 5,121,325 54 Electoral Votes
O Henry Ross Perot (TX) 2,296,006
O Other (XX) 35,677
30,355,221 11,131,721 36.67% D
1996 54
D William Jefferson Clinton (AK) 5,119,835 54 Electoral Votes
O Henry Ross Perot (TX) 697,847
O Harry Browne (TN) 73,600
R Robert Joseph Dole (KS) 3,828,380
O Ralph Nader (CT) 237,016
O Other (XX) 62,806
31,545,622 10,019,484 31.76% D
2000 54
O Pat Buchanan (VA) 44,987
O Howard Phillips (VA) 17,042
O Other (XX) 34
R George Walker Bush (TX) 4,567,429
O Ralph Nader (CT) 418,707
O Harry Browne (TN) 45,520
O John Hagelin (IA) 10,934
D Albert Arnold Gore, Jr. (TN) 5,861,203 54 Electoral Votes
33,871,648 10,965,856 32.37% D
2004 55
D John Forbes Kerry (MA) 6,745,485 55 Electoral Votes
O Michael Badnarik (TX) 50,165
O David Cobb (TX) 40,771
R George Walker Bush (TX) 5,509,826
O Ralph Nader (CT) 20,714
O Michael Peroutka (MD) 26,645
O Other (XX) 27,747
35,226,514 12,421,353 35.26% D
2008 55
O Robert Laurence Barr (GA) 67,582
O Cynthia McKinney (GA) 38,774
D Barack Hussein Obama (IL) 8,274,473 55 Electoral Votes
O Ralph Nader (CT) 108,381
O Charles Obadiah Baldwin (FL) 3,145
O Other (XX) 57,764
R John Sidney McCain (AZ) 5,011,781
36,581,380 13,561,900 37.07% D
2012 55
D Barack Hussein Obama (IL) 7,854,285 55 Electoral Votes
O Gary Johnson (NM) 143,221
O Other (XX) 115,445
R Mitt Romney (MA) 4,839,958
O Jill Stein (MA) 85,638
37,999,035 13,038,547 34.31% D
2016 55
O Evan McMullin (UT)
O Gary Johnson (NM) 446,659
D Hillary Clinton (NY) 8,167,349 55 Electoral Votes
O Jill Stein (MA) 252,281
R Donal Trump (NY) 4,238,545
39,489,194 13,104,834 33.19% D