I’ve been around conservatives my whole life here in California. If fact, most of my friends, even best friends, were conservatives. I grew up in Orange County, and every White person you meet there is a Republican.
Sure the Bay Area and LA have liberal Whites, but that’s about it.
And the Central Coast Whites are liberal, albeit not as much as the Bay Area types.
Around the Delta, you have conservative Democrats.
Here in the Central Valley, it’s always been all Republican, although we do have some conservative Democrats now and again.
Most every city I lived in was a White city in California and they were all Republican bastions.
Most of LA has gone over to Democrats, but the Antelope Valley has always been very conservative, and we just lost an election there.
Orange County has been Republican Central forever. We are finally starting to win a few elections there, but the Democrats are probably rather conservative. The area around Diamond Bar, Walnut, etc. has always been conservative. We just lost another one there.
The San Diego County coast has been conservative forever, but we are finally starting to win some elections there.
San Diego proper has always been extremely conservative (military town), but it’s starting to go over now. But the area around La Jolla is still pretty rightwing (Darrell Issa’s district). We are barely losing it now.
Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, long bastions of White redneck working class conservatism, have completely gone over.
Inland San Diego County is still very rightwing.
The Imperial Valley is Democrat.
The Mojave Desert and the Owens Valley are extremely conservative.
The Southern San Joaquin Valley around Bakersfield, Visalia, and Tulare has been very conservative forever.
All of the foothills and mountains of the Sierra Nevada, save for the odd Alpine County outlier, are Republican.
The Sacramento Valley tends to be Republican as does the Shasta-Weed region in the far north.
Northeastern California around Susanville is Republican.
North of the Bay Area, things have gone over to Democrats.
Santa Rosa and the Napa Valley region are now Democrat.
Further north it tends to be Democrat until you get to the Eureka region in far northwest California, still Republican.
Most particularly, White California has been Republican forever. Even today you have to be careful talking politics with any White person, at least around these parts, and it’s been that way my whole life. Chances are they’re a Republican. White Californians only barely started voting Democratic by a couple of points in the last two elections.
So people don’t understand California at all. It’s not a bastion of liberalism. There are still many conservative Republicans here, and they are just as crazy and fanatical as they are anywhere else.