Matt Beckmann

“We tend to think of California as a “blue” state in terms of votes, but to presidential candidates, California is really a “green” state,” said Matthew Beckmann, professor of political science at UC Irvine. “The number of wealthy donors makes California a bipartisan destination early and often.” … “Political science research shows that presidential elections tend to turn on national conditions — especially the economy,” said Beckmann. “Both candidates will be well known, and millions of dollars here or there will not make a difference, nor will celebrity events and endorsements.”

For the full story, please visit

connect with us


© UC Irvine School of Social Sciences - 3151 Social Sciences Plaza, Irvine, CA 92697-5100 - 949.824.2766