Normally a strong Republican county, in the presidential race 52 percent of the county vote in San Bernardino went to Obama. Yet Prop 8 passed with 67 percent of the vote. Johnson discusses San Bernardino County’s changing political landscape in Ryan Orr’s article in the Victorville Daily Press:
â€œ’I think what that shows is that the Prop. 8 vote was Republicans joining with Latinos and African-Americans even though they may have split on partisan races,’ said Doug Johnson, a fellow with the Rose Institute of State and Local Government, in Claremont.”
Johnson said that there is no doubt San Bernardino County is in flux.
â€œThe question is,â€ the Rose Institute fellow said, â€œwill it go back to the old norm, or is this the new normal? Itâ€™s never been so interesting.â€