Politics

Delegating Denver #6 of 56: California

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California

Total Number of Delegates: 441 Pledged: 370 Unpledged: 71

How to Recognize a California Delegate: If the United States of America was a high school and the residents of each state represented a different clique, Californians would be considered the "cool kids," and California's Democratic delegates would be considered prom royalty. Californians will be the most gorgeous delegates in Denver, with the best haircuts, most stylish clothes and most beautiful smiles. And there will be many of them: Approximately one in every ten delegates at the 2008 convention will be from California. They will be very difficult to spot, however, because delegates from less cool states will crowd them like fame-crazed paparazzi. Large groups of delegates typically surround the Californians, especially if the outer delegates are from the primary California-worshiping states of Colorado, Florida, Arizona, Tennessee and Massachusetts.

Famous Californians:Monica Lewinsky, Ted Danson, Tom Hanks, William Randolph Hearst, Joan Didion, Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren, O.J. Simpson, Marilyn Monroe, Courtney Love, Candice Bergen, Beck, Ted Williams, Venus Williams, Serena Williams and Tiger Woods

Famous California Democrats: Ronald Reagan (until 1962), Pat Brown, Jerry Brown, Kathleen Brown, Nancy Pelosi, Barbara Boxer, Antonio Villaraigosa, Art Torres, Maxine Waters, Henry Waxman and Gary Condit

Famous Californians with Denver Connections: Robert Redford (CU-Boulder dropout), weatherwoman Kathy Sabine, Denver Broncos tight end Nate Jackson, Rocky Mountain News columnist Penny Parker, celebrity chef Sean Yontz

State Nickname: The Golden State Population: 36,457,549 Racial Distribution: 44% white, 7% black, 12% Asian, 1% Native American, 36% Hispanic Per Capita Personal Income: $33,750 Unemployment: 7%

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Sean Cronin