California is a weird state. Even though we have these pockets of high affluence, high technology, big cities, etc. The majority of the state is not these cities. If you aren't from California, you fail to realize how massive this state is, just like I failed to realize how tiny East coast States are. It takes the same amount of time to drive from San Diego to San Francisco as it does from like New Jersey to Raleigh, Durham. For the same reasons, state election results surprise me each year.